Buffalo Sabres (21-50-9) at Boston Bruins (53-18-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 12, 2014, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -396 / Buffalo Sabres +350 --- Over/Under: 5
The Boston Bruins look to get back on track before the playoffs begin with a victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The series is currently split at two games apiece.
The Sabres have lost nine of their last 10 games and simply can’t wait for the season to come to an end. This is the Sabres last road game of the season, which is a good thing considering they’ve lost 11 of their last 12 road games. The Sabres are ranked dead last in goals per game, and it’s showed as of late, as Buffalo has scored two or less goals in 13 of its last 16 games. Goalie Matt Hackett has allowed a combined 19 goals in his seven appearances this season. The Buffalo Sabres are 8-29-1-2 on the road this season.
Despite being the championship favorite entering the playoffs, the Bruins have lost four of their last five games. Three of those losses came in extra regulation, so the Bruins are still picking up points in losses. Patrice Bergeron has racked up three goals, three assists and six points in his last five games. Meanwhile, goalie Tuukka Rask has been a little shaky as of late, allowing three goals in three of his last four starts. The Boston Bruins have won seven of their last eight home games and are 30-7-0-3 at home overall this season.
The Sabres are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 13-40 in their last 53 road games. The Bruins are 38-14 in their last 52 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Sabres are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Boston.
While there is absolutely no value in picking Boston to win this game, I'll go ahead and side with the over. The over is 15-5-6 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 20-4-5 in Boston's last 29 games against the Eastern Conference.