New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Madison Square Garden)

NYR -175, O/U 6

The Buffalo Sabres travel to New York, NY on Friday for a game against the Rangers but first, the Sabres must play the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.  In their last game the Sabres were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche by the score of 6-1.  Buffalo received their lone goal in the game from Sam Reinhart at 19:59 of the 1st period with assists from Jake McCabe and Jack Eichel.  Both Buffalo goalies saw action in the game as Carter Hutton allowed 5 goals on 13 shots while Jonas Johansson allowed 1 goal on 14 of the shots that he saw from the Avalanche. 

After the loss against the Avalanche, the Sabres are now 23-23-7 on the season, placing them in 6th place in the Atlantic Division.  Offensively the Sabres are led by Jack Eichel, who has recorded team highs in points with 66, goals with 31, and assists with 35. 7 of Eichel’s goals have come while on the power play as well as recording 13 assists while on the man advantage and he is clearly Buffalo’s biggest offensive threat. Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton is 7-9-4 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.30.  Jonas Johansson is 0-0-0 on the season with 2.03 goals against average.  Buffalo enters Thursday’s game with 6 players listed on their injury report as Linus Ullmark and Victor Olofsson are on injured reserve while Brandon Montour, Curtis Lazar, Johan Larsson and Rasmus Dahlin are day to day. 

The New York Rangers welcome the Buffalo Sabres to town on Friday after winning their last game by the score of 5-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Rangers received goals from Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Greg McKegg on their way to the win. New York goalie Igor Shesterkin got the start in net for the Rangers and recorded the win in the game as he made saves on 27 of the 30 shots that he faced from the Maple Leafs.  

With the win against the Maple Leafs, the Rangers are now 26-22-4 on the season which is good enough for 7th place in the Metropolitan Division.  Offensively the Rangers are led in points by Artemi Panarin in points with 71 and in goals with 27 while 6 have come on the power play.  Panarin also leads the Rangers in assists on the season with 44.  Goalie Alexandar Georgiev is 12-10-1 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 3.12 on the season.  Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is 10-11-3 on the year with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 3.13.  The Rangers other goalie is Igor Shesterkin who has recorded a record of 4-1-0 with a goals against average of 2.61 so far this year.  New York enters Friday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Chris Kreider is day to day.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres have scored an average of 2.83 goals per game on the season while allowing 3.13 goals per game.  The New York Rangers have scored 3.29 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.21 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Sabres are 1-4 while the Rangers are 2-3.  The Rangers won the first meeting of the season between these two teams by the score of 6-2 in a game played at Madison Square Garden.  The Rangers have defeated the Sabres in their last 3 meetings by the average score of 5.00-1.67.  The Rangers are 15-11-2 at home this season while the Sabres are 8-14-4 when playing on the road.  I am going with the Rangers in this one.  New York wins 5-2.    

Travis’s Pick New York Rangers -175(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.