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New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/30/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
The Line
New York Islanders -235 / Buffalo Sabres +190 -- O/U: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+2, MSG Buffalo
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The Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings in their last outing. Detroit opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period before doubling their cushion just 1:00 into the 2nd period. Kyle Okposo would cut the deficit in half and Marco Scandella would tie the game just before the end of the 2nd, so it was off to the 3rd where Detroit pushed ahead 4-2. Casey Middlestadt and Jack Eichel scored :41 apart to tie the game at four and eventually send us to overtime. The extra frame went 2:18 before Detroit found the game winning goal to add to Buffalo’s misery. Linus Ullmark took the loss, falling to 14-13-5 after allowing all 5 goals on 34 shots faced in the losing effort.

The New York Islanders will look to build on a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. Winnipeg pushed out to an early 2-0 lead before Mathew Barzal cut the deficit in half just after the halfway point of the opening period. Winnipeg restored their two-goal cushion before Anders Lee cut it in half once again just 2:20 later. It was then off to the 3rd where Winnipeg pushed ahead 4-2. Jordan Eberle brought it back to 4-3 just 1:03 later and Casey Cizikas tied the game with less than two minutes to go in the 3rd. The comeback was complete when Eberle scored :33 after Cizikas to give New York a 5-4 lead that the Isles would hold onto and ride to the victory. Robin Lehner got the win to improve to 23-12-5 after stopping 33 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.

Buffalo is 27-64 in their last 91 road games and 14-38 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. New York is 13-6 in their last 19 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 25-7-2 in their last 34 games following a win. Buffalo is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

The heavy plus money would be tempting with Buffalo if the Sabres’ play hadn’t fallen off of a cliff down the stretch. Buffalo went from a dark horse playoff team to the hapless Buffalo team that can’t buy a win, a team that we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years. That form also hasn’t changed on the road where Buffalo has been a more profitable fade play than they haven’t. New York is picking up steam at the right time and I’ll side with the Isles to get another W here and to negate some of the juice, I’ll side with the Islanders on the puck line.

 

Pick:
NY Islanders -1.5

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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