Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders - 3/6/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders - 3/6/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (13-6-4) vs Buffalo Sabres (6-12-3)

Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -183 / Buffalo Sabres +165 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap a five game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with eight goals, Jack Eichel has 14 assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.4 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 five of their last six 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 59 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 13 goals on 143 shots.

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The Sabres are 18-54 in their last 72 road games and 7-21 in their last 28 overall. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 5-13 in their last 18 Saturday games. The under is 8-2-1 in Sabres last 11 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Islanders last 8 home games. The Sabres are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 2-12 in the last 14 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres still can't find consistent offense and the losses are starting to get out of control, as they're getting harder and harder to back. The New York Islanders are not only starting to heat up with one of the best defenses in the league, but they've won all four meetings against the Sabres this year, outscoring them 14-5 during that span. I have no choice but to side with the Islanders here and take the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -1.5

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