Buffalo Sabres (6-12-3) at New York Islanders (13-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -200 / Buffalo Sabres +170 --- 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 Saturday afternoon.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss to the Islanders in their last matchup. Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each have 16 points with Reinhart splitting 8 goals and 8 assists while Olofsson has 7 goals with 9 helpers and Eichel has a team-high 14 assists. Taylor Hall’s got 11 assists as part of his 13-point tally on the year while Rasmus Dahlin’s got 9 points with 8 apples. Rasmus Ristolainen and Eric Staal also have 8 points apiece with each logging 3 goals and 5 assists on the year. Carter Hutton continues to see the bulk of the action with Linus Ullmark on the shelf for a few more weeks, and has a 1-7 record with a 3.18 GAA this season.
The New York Islanders will look to keep the puck rolling after picking up another win over Buffalo last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 20 points including 8 goals and 12 assists while Anders Lee has a team-high 10 goals and 6 assists for his 16 points and Nick Leddy is right behind with 15 points including 14 assists. J-G Pageau and Jordan Eberle each have 14 points with 9 goals and 5 assists while Josh Bailey has 13 points with 11 assists and Brock Nelson has 11 points with 6 goals and 5 helpers. Semyon Varlamov continues to see the bulk of the action in goal for the Islanders, going 10-6 with a 2.10 GAA and 3 shutouts this season.
Buffalo is 7-21 in their last 28 games overall and 18-54 in their last 72 road games while the under is 15-5-3 in their last 23 games as an underdog. New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the under is 20-7-1 in their last 28 Saturday games. Buffalo is 2-12 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
We’re starting to see these totals around 5 popping up in certain games and to be honest, I think this game could even go to 4.5 to get some value. Again, the Sabres just don’t do well on the road as the offense just shuts down and the Islanders play that gritty, physical style to begin with that’s just exhausting if you’re on the other side. I think this one sees 3 or 4 goals max, so give me the under here.