Buffalo Sabres (19-39-8) at New York Islanders (25-33-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 15, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders -178 / Buffalo Sabres +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Sabres and Islanders square off on Long Island in what is a battle of two teams playing out the string of their regular seasons.
The Sabres have had one of their worst seasons in franchise history and both their on ice and off ice troubles have been well documented as ownership has cleaned house in both of those regards. Buffalo has made a number of changes between the pipes as Ryan Miller was shipped out to St. Louis which ultimately resulted in the Sabres acquiring Michal Neuvirth who has shown signs of brilliance at times but still has a lot of progressing to do. The Sabres do have some bright young prospects coming up and while it may take a couple of seasons before they get back on their feet at least there is something to look to for the fans who haven’t had a ton to cheer about this season. Neuvirth gets the call in the crease tonight as he goes up against Evgeni Nabakov.
The Islanders have had a very disappointing campaign which started with a deal involving the Sabres as Thomas Vanek found his way to New York for beloved winger Matt Moulson and with the season drawing to a close both of those players have new homes once again. New York was slipping before the Olympic break but fell flat after once they found out about John Tavares’ and his season ending knee injury and as a result the Isles find themselves 14 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Isles are ridiculously heavy favourites in this spot which I guess makes sense when playing against the Sabres but these teams aren’t this far apart in terms of talent and I don’t suggest laying it down with New York in this spot. I would suggest adding them as a part of a parlay or stay away altogether but for what it’s worth I think the Islanders do get the victory here.