New York Islanders (31-15-5) at Buffalo Sabres (13-32-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +210 / New York Islanders -263 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New York Islanders look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 16 goals, Nick Leddy has 27 assists and Jordan Eberle has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 65 goals on 929 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 41 goals on 497 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 23 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 18 assists and Victor Olofsson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 77.6 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 Islanders are 21-8 in their last 29 games as a favorite and 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sabres are 6-20 in their last 26 home games and 16-37 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 12-3-1 in Islanders last 16 overall. The over is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The Islanders are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The New York Islanders are a team I've blindly backed over the years and I'm still riding the bandwagon given the level of defense they play nightly. The Buffalo Sabres are back to their losing ways and look like a team that's counting the days until the offseason. The Islanders have won all six meetings against the Sabres this season and almost all of those games were complete blowouts. Hard not to side with the Islanders here, and I'll take the PL to shave down the expensive ML price.