Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders - 3/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders - 3/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (12-6-4) vs Buffalo Sabres (6-11-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -182 / Buffalo Sabres +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 31.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with eight goals, Jack Eichel has 13 assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 23 goals on 211 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 28 goals on 344 shots.

The New York Islanders look for a win after winning nine of their last 13 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 10 goals, Nick Leddy has 14 assists and Mathew Barzal has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 36 goals on 491 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 11 goals on 125 shots.

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The Sabres are 18-53 in their last 71 road games and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 8-1-1 in Sabres last 10 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Islanders last 9 overall. The Sabres are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres rain unbackable, as they have nothing going for them on the offensive end and have lost nine of their last 11 games. The New York Islanders are starting to heat up with one of the top defenses in the league, and they've won six straight against the Sabres and eight of the last 10 meetings overall. I can only consider the Islanders in this spot, and I'll take the L to shave down the ML price. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -1.5

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