New York Islanders (26-22-6) at Buffalo Sabres (14-29-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +113 / New York Islanders -125 --- Over/Under: 6
MSG+, MSGB, TVA
The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabers meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New York Islanders could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 27 goals, Josh Bailey has 44 assists and John Tavares has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 110 goals on 1,218 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 79 goals on 697 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 21 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 102 goals on 1,173 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 58 goals on 498 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Islanders are 4-9 in their last 13 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 6-14 in their last 20 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-21 in their last 28 home games and 15-44 in their last 59 overall. The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings, the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Buffalo.
Neither one of these teams are getting stops, as these are two of the worst defensive clubs in the game right now. I'm not trying to decide which team wins this contest, so I'm going to side with the over here. The over is a constant trend for the Islanders, especially on the road with the number losing just six times in its last 24 tries. Each of the last six meetings between the Islanders and Sabres have produced at least five goals. Give me the over.