Buffalo Sabres (19-9-5) at Boston Bruins (17-11-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -155 / Buffalo Sabres +125 --- Over/Under: 6
The Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins meet Sunday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a big victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Jack Eichel has 29 assists and Sam Reinhart has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 54 goals on 666 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 33 goals on 373 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Boston Bruins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 21 goals, Brad Marchand has 23 assists and David Krejci has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 38 goals on 455 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 556 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Sabres are 31-81 in their last 112 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-10 in their last 13 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 Sunday games. The Sabres are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Sabres last 7 road games. The under is 18-7-1 in Bruins last 26 overall.
The Buffalo Sabres are hanging in there and giving themselves chances to win, but they're finding themselves on the wrong side way too much over these last two weeks, and losing in overtime last night to the Washington Capitals won't help that confidence. The Boston Bruins remain one of the best home teams in the league and have beaten up on the Buffalo Sabres over the years, which includes a 4-0 win a couple of months ago. I'm going to side with the rested Bruins at home.