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Sabres vs. Islanders - 12/27/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (23-11-0) at Buffalo Sabres (13-19-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +170 / New York Islanders -200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+, MSGB
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NHL | New York Islanders (23-11-0) at Buffalo Sabres (13-19-3)
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The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres play Friday night at the First Niagara Center.

The New York Islanders have won four of their last five games and play their fifth road game this month. The Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have one power play goal in their last six games and have won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring at least three goals. Brock Nelson leads New York with 14 goals, Kyle Okposo has 21 assists and John Tavares has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 54 goals on 664 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 37 goals on 279 shots.

The Buffalo Sabres have split their last eight games and hope to snap a four-game skid. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last four games. The Buffalo Sabres have three power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with nine goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 70 goals on 796 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 41 goals on 451 shots.

The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and 25-9 in their last 34 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and the road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Islanders have simply abused Eastern teams and that shouldn't change against one of the worst teams in the league. Take the Islanders and the spread to give you more bang for your buck, as there's no value with the ML.

Pick:
New York Islanders -1.5

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