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Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Islanders - 2/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Buffalo Sabres -105 / New York Islanders -116
TV Channel
MSG+2, MSG Buffalo
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The New York Islanders and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the Keybank Center on Tuesday night.

The New York Islanders come into this game looking to build on a 3-game winning streak after a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in their last outing. Anthony Beauvillier opened the scoring for the Islanders with the lone goal of the first period, taking a 1-0 leads into the 2nd period. Minny tied the game at 1-1 before Devon Toews gave the Isles the lead for good just 1:23 later. New York held the lead through the rest of the 2nd and through the entire 3rd frame to seal the deal for the Metropolitan division leaders. Thomas Greiss got the win to improve to 16-8-2 after stopping 26 of 27 shots faced in the victory.

The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to rebound after a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period before Winnipeg broke the deadlock 3:01 into the 2nd period. Jack Eichel tied the game at one nine minutes later, giving us a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play. The tie held up through most of the 3rd before Winnipeg struck twice in a span of 3:48 to take the win and steal the points in the game. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 15-16-3 after allowing two goals on 28 shots faced in the loss.

New York is 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 22-7 in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 25-8-1 in their last 34 games overall. Buffalo is 5-13 in their last 18 games against the Eastern Conference and 13-39 in their last 52 games against the Metropolitan division while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’ll concede that it almost seems like the Islanders came out of nowhere to sit atop the Metropolitan division but the fact that the Islanders are getting low lines like these just goes to speak to how little Vegas thinks of the Islanders. New York is still playing very good hockey right now and have had the upper hand on the Sabres dating back to last season, so I’ll side with the Islanders and the reasonable price in this one.

Pick:
New York Islanders -116

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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