Rangers vs Sabres Prediction - NHL Picks 10/12/23

Buffalo Sabres (0-0) vs New York Rangers (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +105 / New York Rangers -115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at KeyBank Center. 

Another Big Season for Igor Shesterkin?

Historically the Rangers have had good goaltending and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be any different this season with Igor Shesterkin in goal. The big problem for the Rangers though at times has been the rest of the team hasn’t stepped up to help him out, and they are going to need the rest of the team to be good. The Rangers have lost some key players from last year’s team including Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Niko Mikkola. Blake Wheeler and Erik Gustafsson have been brought in, and they are going to be key here. 

Is This the Year the Postseason Drought is Broken? 

The Sabres have missed the playoffs the last 12 years but they hope they have a team to finally turn the corner. Buffalo is a very young team, but they are also very talented. Dahlin, Tage Thompson, Dylan Cozens, and Mattias Samuelsson are all on the roster and they are all going to need to have big seasons if they want to not miss the playoffs. In goal they have two young guys in Devon Levi and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and both are going to need to step up here in a big way. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This game is going to come to goaltending and there is one team that has a big advantage, the New York Rangers. Shesterkin is oen of the best goaltenders in hockey and he’s going to have a big game here. I am still not sold on the Sabres offense and that is going to be the difference as the Rangers are going to pick up their first win on the season. Back the Rangers on the money line

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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