Boston Bruins (26-12-6) at Buffalo Sabres (12-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +273 / Boston Bruins -310 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Boston Bruins look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 24 goals, David Krejci has 23 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 39 goals on 465 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 456 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 16 assists and Victor Olofsson has 107 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 341 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 49 goals on 591 shots.
The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Sabres are 6-20 in their last 26 home games and 13-40 in their last 53 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 10-4-1 in Sabres last 15 games as a home underdog. The Bruins are 14-3 in the last 17 meetings in Buffalo and 22-6 in the last 28 meetings. The favorite is 37-16 in the last 53 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are starting to heat up and they've won all four meetings against the Sabres this season. In fact, the Bruins have won nine straight meetings against the Sabres overall, not losing since December of 2018. The Buffalo Sabres have shown signs of life here and there, but their inability to find success against the Bruins hurts them in this matchup. There's a reason why the line is what it is. Only option here is to take the Bruins and the PL for max betting value.