New York Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (23-23-8) at New York Rangers (26-22-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Buffalo Sabres +149 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers meet Friday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 31 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 27 assists and Sam Reinhart has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 65 goals on 595 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 11 games.
The New York Rangers look for another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 27 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 20 assists and Jacob Trouba has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 851 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 67 goals on 737 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Sabres are 20-42 in their last 62 Friday games, 17-36 in their last 53 games as an underdog and 12-42 in their last 54 road games. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The under is 8-3 in Sabres last 11 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 9-2-1 in Rangers last 12 home games. The Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New York and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in New York.
The Buffalo Sabres have been horrible in the underdog role this season, have been even worse on the end of back to backs and have been even worse on the road this season. The New York Rangers are starting to string some impressive wins together lately and the defense has improved the last two weeks. Not sure if it will continue, but the Rangers are playing better hockey right now. The Rangers have also won seven of the last eight meetings against the Sabres, which includes outscoring them 15-5 in the last three meetings. I'll lay the juice with the Rangers on their home ice.