New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/1/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (7-23-5) vs New York Rangers (16-15-4)

Game Info: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +170 / New York Rangers -208 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres meet Thursday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The New York Rangers look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 17 goals, Adam Fox has 26 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 36 goals on 474 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 33 goals on 319 shots.

The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 12 goals, Jack Eichel has 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 39 goals on 341 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 35 goals on 416 shots.

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The Rangers are 10-2 in their last 12 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 8-20 in their last 28 home games and 14-41 in their last 55 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Rangers are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Buffalo and 23-8 in the last 31 meetings.

The Buffalo Sabres finally ended their losing streak last night with a blowout victory over the Flyers, but that's just one win in over a month. It's going to take more than that to convince me to get behind them. The New York Rangers are playing great hockey as of late, and while I'm not sure how long it will last, you have to be impressed with what you've seen and the fact they continue to beat teams they're supposed to beat. I still want nothing to do with the Sabres. Give me the Rangers and the PL.

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers -1.5

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