Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins - 12/27/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM (KeyBank Center)
BUF +135, O/U 5.5
The Boston Bruins travel to Buffalo, New York on Friday to start their post-Christmas schedule in a matchup with the Sabres in a game between two teams in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins were victorious in their last game, beating the Washington Capitals by the score of 7-3. Boston’s goals were scored by Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork, Charlie Coyle, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron who scored twice on the way to the win. Boston goalie Tuukka Rask recorded the win in net against Capitals, making saves on 39 of 42 of Washington’s shots.
The Bruins are currently 22-7-9 on the season and are currently in 1st place in the Atlanta Division. David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in points with 54 on the season. Pastrnak also leads the Bruins in goals on the year as he has recorded 28 on the season. Brad Marchand is Boston’s leader in assists with 35 on the year. The goalies for Boston have been strong all season as Tuukka Rask is currently 14-4-5 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.32. Backup goalie Jaroslav Halak currently has a record of 8-3-4 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.37. The Bruins have 3 players listed on their injury report as John Moore, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara are all listed as day to day.
The Buffalo Sabres welcome the Boston Bruins to town on Friday, hoping that their Christmas break rejuvenated the team. In their last game, the Sabres were defeated by the Ottawa Senators by the score of 3-1. Buffalo received their lone goal from Zemgus Girgensons at 15:12 of the second period with an assist from Evan Rodrigues. Goalie Linus Ullmark took the loss in net for Buffalo, allowing 2 goals on 29 of Ottawa’s shots on the night.
After the loss against the Senators, the Sabres are now 17-14-7 on the season, placing them in 5th place in the Atlantic Division. Offensively the Sabres are led by Jack Eichel, who has recorded team highs in points with 51, goals with 24, and assists with 27. Six of Eichel’s goals have come while on the power play as well as recording ten assists while on the man advantage and he is clearly Buffalo’s biggest offensive threat. Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton is 6-6-4 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.23. Linus Ullmark is 11-8-3 on the season with 1 shutout and a 2.82 goals against average. Buffalo enters Friday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Johan Larsson is listed as day to day.
The Boston Bruins have scored an average of 3.42 goals per game this season while allowing 2.50 goals per game. The Buffalo Sabres have scored 3.00 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.11 goals per game. In their last 5 games, the Burins are 2-3 while the Senators are 1-4. In the first meeting of the year between these two teams, Boston came out with the win at home by the score of 3-2. I will be going with the Bruins in this game as they have been the better team this season and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Sabres. Also, look for the score to go under in this one as in the last 3 games between these teams Boston has averaged 2.67 goals per game while Buffalo has averaged 1.67 goals per game. Boston wins 3-1.