Boston Bruins (20-14-4) at Buffalo Sabres (21-12-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -105 / Boston Bruins -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Arena on Saturday night.
The Boston Bruins will look to rebound from back-to-losses after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of New Jersey in their last outing. New Jersey jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening period and held that lead for most of the 2ndframe before Chris Wagner cut the deficit in half by getting Boston on the board in the latter stages of the 2ndperiod. New Jersey tacked on a couple more goals in the 3rd, before Patrice Bergeron scored to cut the deficit to 4-2, but that’s as close as the B’s got as New Jersey added an empty netter to ice the game. Jaroslav Halak ended up with the loss, falling to 12-6-2 this season after allowing 4 goals on 32 shots in the defeat.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to bounce back after a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening 20 minutes before St. Louis broke the deadlock two minutes into the 2ndperiod. The Blues would score two more goals :54 apart just after the midway point of the 2ndperiod to take a 3-0 lead before Jack Eichel got the Sabres on the board with their lone goal of the game. That was as close as Buffalo would get in the loss however, as St. Louis buried a 4thto secure the win. Carter Hutton took the loss against his former team, allowing all 4 goals on 32 shots in the losing effort.
Boston is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Buffalo is 9-3 in their last 12 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division games. Boston is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Buffalo.
The Sabres and the low line is tempting considering that Buffalo has played their best hockey on home ice this season and the Bruins haven’t been great on the road. However, the Bruins have had a tremendous amount of success in this matchup, especially in Buffalo, and you have to imagine that the Bruins will want a bounce back performance to get the bad taste out of their mouths from a loss at home to New Jersey who had been struggling mightily as of late. I think Boston is the more likely of the two to rebound here, so I’ll lay the juice with the Bruins in this spot.