New York Rangers (16-15-4) at Buffalo Sabres (6-23-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +170 / New York Rangers -208 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Thursday night.
The New York Rangers will look to build on their 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals in their last matchup. Ryan Strome leads the Rangers in scoring with 33 points including 11 goals and 22 assists while Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each have 32 poitns with Buchnevich logging 14 goals and 18 assists and Panarin chipping in 23 assists. Adam Fox has 30 points with a team-high 26 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 27 points with 11 goals and 16 assists while Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with 17 goals on the year. As a team, New York is averaging 3.1 goals on 29.1 shots with an 18.4% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 28.6 shots with an 85.2% success rate on the PK this season.
The Buffalo Sabres come into this one on a back-to-back after taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Heading into Wednesday’s action, Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson each have 21 points with Reinhart posting a team-high 12 goals with 9 assists and Olofsson adding 9 goals with 12 helpers. Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel each have 18 points with 16 assists and Rasmus Dahlin’s on 12 points with 10 assists this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2 goals on 28 shots per game with a 22.7% conversion rate on the power play while giving up 3.5 goals per game on 31.9 shots with a 78.4% kill rate on the PK this season.
New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 10-2 in their last 12 Thursday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Buffalo is 14-41 in their last 55 games overall, 41-102 in their last 143 games playing on no rest and 9-23 in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games played on no rest. New York is 23-8 in the last 31 meetings between these two teams and 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between the two teams in Buffalo.
I get the case that could be made for Buffalo as maybe a strong performance like Wednesday’s against Philadelphia could spark something at home. However, it’s still one game and the Sabres have struggled mightily in the second half of a back-to-back over the years. The Rangers aren’t a team I’m all that big on, but realistically, the Rangers are the better team here and should have no problem winning by a couple in this contest. Give me the Rangers on the puck line here.