New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/22/21

New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/22/21 Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (6-19-4) at New York Rangers (13-13-4)

NHL Hockey: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -223 / Buffalo Sabres +199 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers meet Monday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap a brutal 13-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Jack Eichel has 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 39 goals on 339 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 28 goals on 344 shots.

The New York Rangers need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 17 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 86.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 31 goals on 393 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 33 goals on 319 shots.

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The Sabres are 18-58 in their last 76 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 3-12 in their last 15 Monday games. The under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 overall. The under is 22-10-2 in Rangers last 34 overall. The Sabres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 8-22 in the last 30 meetings. The favorite is 37-16 in the last 53 meetings.

The New York Rangers aren't a team I'm running to the window to lay juice with and I certainly don't want to lay a goal with them either. However, the Buffalo Sabres still haven't snapped their losing streak and the offense isn't getting any better. The Sabres are still the worst team to back in the league and it isn't close. You're in a massive hole if you've been backing the Sabres all season long. I'll take the Rangers if forced to pick this game, and I'll take the PL to make it worth my while. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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