The Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to pick up some momentum after a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers in their last outing. Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored just 2:33 apart to give Buffalo a 2-0 period after the opening period. Florida pulled a goal back to cut the deficit to 2-1 after 40 minutes of play before Sam Reinhart restored the two goal cushion just 1:20 into the 3rd period. Florida and Buffalo traded goals down the stretch with the Sabres’ marker coming from the aforementioned Skinner as the Sabres would hold on in the final 1:29 to end up victorious at the final horn. Linus Ullmark got the win to improve to 9-1-3 this season after stopping 35 of 38 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Boston Bruins will look to keep their momentum going after winning 3 in a row following a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in their last outing. Calgary jumped out in front, but it was only 1:16 before John Moore tied the game for the B’s and Jake DeBrusk gave Boston a 2-1 lead after the 1st period. Calgary would tie the game just after the opening minute of the 2nd, but once again it didn’t last as Brad Marchand re-took the lead for Boston just :36 later for a 3-2 lead after 40. David Pastrnak pushed the lead to 4-2 in the opening :54 of the 3rd, before Calgary and Boston traded goals down the stretch with DeBrusk and Marchand each adding their 2nd goals of the game to seal the deal for Boston in the win. Jaroslav Halak picked up the win to improve to 13-6-2 this season, stopping 33 of 37 shots faced in the win.
Buffalo is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 69-148 in their last 217 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 39-15 in their last 54 home games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. The road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and Buffalo is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings between the two.
These two met just a week ago, and it ended with a 3-2 win for the Bruins, adding another tally in the win column for the road team in this matchup. However, Buffalo has been a fade on the road for a few years now and as well as the Sabres have played, a lot of that success has come at home. The Sabres have lost 6 of their last 7 games on the road, claiming just 3 of a possible 12 points over that span. Boston is still one of the harder places in the NHL to go on the road and win, so I’ll side with Boston at home here and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with Boston on the puck line here as 5 of Boston’s last 6 wins have come by a couple of goals.