Buffalo Sabres (13-31-7) at Boston Bruins (29-14-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -385 / Buffalo Sabres +334 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss to Boston last time out. Sam Reinhart leads the Sabres in scoring with 37 points including a team-high 23 goals and 14 assists while Victor Olofsson has 30 points with 13 goals and 17 assists. Rasmus Dahlin’s got 23 points with 18 assists and Casey Mittelstadt’s got 19 points with 10 goals on the year. Rasmus Ristolainen and Kyle Okposo also have double-digit assist tallies respectively this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.4 goals on 28.4 shots per game with a 20.9% conversion rate on the PP while allowing 3.5 goals on 33.4 shots with a 77.7% success rate on the PK this season.
The Boston Bruins will look to keep the ball rolling after their win over the Sabres last time out. Brad Marchand leads the B’s in scoring with 60 points including 27 goals and 33 assists while David Pastrnak’s on 43 points and Patrice Bergeron’s got 32 points with both Bergeron and Pastrnak logging 24 assists this season. David Krejci’s got 34 points with 26 assists and Craig Smith has 29 points with 10 goals and 19 assists. Charlie McAvoy and Taylor Hall each have 27 points with 20+ assists this season. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.9 goals on 32.8 shtos with a 21.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 27.9 shots with an 86.2% success rate on the PK this season.
Buffalo is 19-46 in their last 65 games against a team with a winning record and 21-66 in their last 87 road games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 13-6-2 in their last 21 games as a home favorite. Buffalo is 7-24 in the last 31 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams in Boston.
I took a shot with the Sabres last time out and then the Sabres reminded me of why they were the first team eliminated from the playoffs as they just delivered no punch and put up little fight against Boston. Needless to say I’m back off of the Buffalo bandwagon as I just think that the Sabres are finally mailing it in and calling it quits on the season. I think Boston wants to start sending a message with the playoffs around the corner, so give me Boston -1.5 here.