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Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers - 2/15/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Friday February 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Buffalo Sabres -155 / New York Rangers +128 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
MSG, MSG-Buffalo, NHL
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The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Friday night.

The New York Rangers come into this game looking to rebound after a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Mika Zibanejad cut the deficit in half in the opening minute of the 2nd and Pavel Buchnevich tied the game in the final minute of the middle frame. The Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the first minute of the 3rd period thanks to Zibanejad’s 2nd goal of the game, but the lead wouldn’t last as Winnipeg tied the game and took the lead with goals 1:59 apart just a few minutes later and would hold on to send New York away empty-handed. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss, falling to 16-15-8 after allowing all 4 goals on 36 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to build off of a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders in their last outing. Jeff Skinner opened the scoring for the Sabres before the Isles tied the game just before the end of the opening period. The Sabres would close the door after that, with Jason Pominville scoring in the 2nd and Johan Larsson putting up the lone goal of the 3rd period to seal the deal and send the Sabres’ fans home happy with a hard-earned victory. Linus Ullmark picked up the win to improve to 13-5-4 this season after stopping 24 of 25 shots faced in the winning effort.

New York is 15-36 in their last 51 road games and 5-16 in their last 21 Friday games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is 6-13 in their last 19 games against the Eastern Conference and 18-37 in their last 55 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. New York is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Buffalo.

New York and the plus money is tempting considering how much success the Rangers have had in this matchup and in this venue away from MSG. However, New York is still a very profitable fade on the road and the Rangers just can’t seem to put consistent performances together on a nightly basis. Buffalo, despite having ups and downs of their own, are still in the thick of the playoff race and can ill afford to drop points down the stretch so I’ll lay the juice with the Sabres as I just think Buffalo needs this game more.

Buffalo -155

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