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NHL Hockey Free Predictions: Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins – Game Three

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Team Records:

Buffalo: 45-27-10
Boston: 39-30-13

Series Tied 1-1

Sportsbook odds:
Sabres: +120 +1.5 (-260) Over 5 (+105)
Bruins: -140 -1.5 (+220) Under 5 (-125)

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Scoring problems? What scoring problems? The Boston Bruins and their 29th ranked offense erupted for five goals against the best goaltender on the planet on Saturday and evened their series 1-1.

Eight goals by both teams is definitely the exception rather than the rule and you can expect another low scoring game when these teams take to the ice again on Monday night.

The Boston Bruins had a game plan and executed it to perfection on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. Their goal was to get more traffic in front of All-World goaltender Ryan Miller. Five goals on 30 shots proved that if Miller can’t see the puck, he can’t make the stop.

If the Boston Bruins can duplicate that recipe again, chances are that they will have more success.

Zdeno Chara upped his game on Saturday and along with the shut down defense, he was able to score twice. Light scoring and often maligned Michael Ryder also tallied two goals with Blake Wheeler chipping in two assists while the offensive leaders David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron each added an assist.

Tuukka Rask was solid, stopping 26 of the 29 shots that he faced.

The Bruins came to play on Saturday and had arguably their most complete team game that they have had this season. They have played well in this series and are deserved of their road split.

Boston seems to be a confident bunch at the moment and could cause problems for the banged up Sabres going forward.

The Buffalo Sabres learned a good lesson on Saturday – Ryan Miller cannot do it all. They also learned that the Boston Bruins are not going to roll over and play dead.

The Sabres got more good news than bad on Saturday. Not only did they lose the game and give the Boston Bruins a little momentum going home, they also lost top scorer Thomas Vanek who is highly doubtful for Game 3 and is questionable for the rest of the series.

His injury along with those of Jochen Hecht and Drew Stafford leave a huge void in the Sabres offensive attack.

What the Buffalo Sabres did take from Game 2 is a confidence that more than one line can score.

Three different goal scorers tallied their first scored of the playoffs and picked up the slack for the injured Vanek and the invisible Derek Roy.

Ryan Miller was good, but without some top guns in the lineup he is going to have to be extraordinary.

The home team is 9-4 in the last thirteen meetings in this series. Even though Buffalo might have been the better team in the regular season, the Boston Bruins appear to be the better team right now. Anything can happen with Ryan Miller in goal, but Buffalo is the underdog in this game for a reason.

All of the trends between these teams suggest that the under is a good bet too.

NHL Betting Trends:

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Boston is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games at home

Pick: Boston Bruins -140

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