Buffalo Sabres (6-11-3) at New York Islanders (12-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -182 / Buffalo Sabres +150 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a win to snap a four-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Rangers last time out. Viktor Olofsson leads the Sabres in scoring with 16 points coming on 7 goals and 9 assists while Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel each have 15 points with Reinhart logging a team-high 8 goals with 7 assists while Eichel has a team-high 13 assists. Taylor Hall has 12 points with 11 assists as well for the Sabres up to this point in the season. Linus Ullmark continues to lead the Sabres in goal, picking up 5 wins in 12 appearances with a 2.44 GAA while Carter Hutton has 7 losses in 8 appearances for the Sabres in goal this season.
The New York Islanders will be out to build on a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in their last game. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 19 points including 8 goals and 11 assists while Anders Lee has 15 points with a team-high 10 goals and 68 shots on goal. Nick Leddy has 15 points with 14 assists and J-G Pageau has 14 points with 9 goals and 5 apples while Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle each have 12 points. Semyon Varlamov continues to be the stalwart in goal for the Islanders, picking up 10 wins and 3 shutouts with a 2.10 GAA in 17 appearances this season.
Buffalo is 18-53 in their last 71 road games and 7-20 in their last 27 games overall while the under is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games overall. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 35-17 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 home games. The under is 4-0-1 In the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for the over here as you don’t see too many 5 flats. However, the Sabres continue to struggle to find the back of the net and the Sabres have had road issues for a while now while the Islanders continue to play their grind it out, physical style of hockey. I just think all of this lends itself to another low-scoring game, so I’ll side with the under in this one.