New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres - 2/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (4-5-2) vs New York Islanders (7-4-3)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +125 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Tuesday night.
The New York Islanders will look to build on their 3-1 win over the Sabres in their last meeting on Monday. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 15 points coming on 6 goals and 9 assists while Jordan Eberle has 9 points with 6 goals and 3 assists and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anders Lee each have 8 points with 5 goals and 3 assists this season. Nick Leddy also has a goal and 6 assists for his 7 points. Semyon Varlamov continues to see the majority of New York’s work in goal, going 7-3-1 with a 1.89 GAA and a pair of shutouts in 11 appearances this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to rebound from their loss to the Islanders in Monday’s matchup. Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each have 11 points with Eichel logging a team-high 9 assists while Olofsson has 5 goals with 6 helpers. Taylor Hall’s got 9 points with 8 assists and Sam Reinhart has 7 points with 3 goals and 4 assists. Rasmus Ristolainen has 6 points with 2 goals and 4 assists and Eric Staal also has 5 points with 3 goals and a pair of assists as well. Linus Ullmark has 3 wins in 7 appearances for the Sabres in goal with a 2.63 GAA while Carter Hutton has just one win in 4 starts with a 3.05 GAA.
New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games following a win. Buffalo is 22-45 in their last 67 games as an underdog and 5-13 in their last 18 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. New York is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The Sabres had a game to finally knock off the rust from their COVID break, but the issue for me here is that I’m not sure that one game is going to help this Sabres team. I mean the Sabres just look rough right now and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better for this team. New York looks like they’re headed back in the right direction and I think getting the reasonable price with the Isles, even on the road, has to be the play here.