Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers - 3/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (7-9-3) vs Buffalo Sabres (6-10-3)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers -139 / Buffalo Sabres +125 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers meet Tuesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 32.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with seven goals, Jack Eichel has 12 assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 20 goals on 192 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 28 goals on 344 shots.
The New York Rangers need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with nine goals, Artemi Panarin has 13 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 28 goals on 336 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 21 goals on 225 shots.
The Sabres are 18-52 in their last 70 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 7-16 in their last 23 overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Sabres last 9 overall. The under is 17-6 in Rangers last 23 overall. The Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 8-21 in the last 29 meetings. The favorite is 36-16 in the last 52 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams, but it's fair to say the Rangers are in a far better position. Not only are the Rangers at home, but they've had more success here and there and have owned the Sabres over the years with wins in 21 of the last 29 meetings. The Buffalo Sabres are decent on paper, but they've been awful this season and the offensive production just isn't there. I'll lay the reasonable juice with the Rangers if forced to pick.