Buffalo Sabres (31-38-11) vs. Boston Bruins (50-25-5)
April 28, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Boston Bruins -345 / Buffalo Sabres +270; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden. The Buffalo Sabres look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins look for a win after winning five of their last six games.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 37 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 40 assists and Jeff Skinner has 253 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 84 goals on 847 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 97 goals on 945 shots.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 39 goals, Brad Marchand has 46 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 289 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 95 goals on 1,103 shots faced, and Jeremy Swayman has allowed 92 goals on 1,085 shots.
The Sabres are 36-94 in their last 130 road games and 47-96 in their last 143 overall. The Bruins are 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 23-9 in their last 32 overall. The over is 12-3-2 in Sabres last 17 overall. The under is 7-1-2 in Bruins last 10 overall. The Sabres are 0-8 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 15-36 in the last 51 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are clearly the better team here, and they’re going to get extra juice because of the home ice. However, the Buffalo Sabres have quietly won five straight games, and they did take the Bruins to overtime the last time these clubs played. If there was ever a time to take a shot with the Sabres and the plus money, it would probably be here while they’re playing well. I’ll take a shot in the dark.