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(13-15-8) Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers (26-12-1)
Date: Tuesday January 3rd
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Rangers -230
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Coming off two straight losses to Boston, the Buffalo Sabres will look to bounce back in New York against the Metropolitan Division Rangers.
The Rangers will look for their fourth straight win on Tuesday against a struggling Buffalo Sabres squad.
The struggles continue for Buffalo and it’s looking less and less likely that the Sabres can make a midseason push for the playoffs. The Sabres have lost six of their last seven games, including the last two games, both against the Bruins.
The offense simply isn’t there for Buffalo. The team really can’t score. The Sabres rank second to last in the NHL in goals scored (78) and average just 2.16 goals per game. Buffalo has very few weapons on offense. Jack Eichel is arguably the Sabres’ best player and he’s having a respectable start to his second season, after missing an extended amount of time with an injury.
Eichel has seven goals and five assists on the year, including two goals and two assists over his last five games. Eichel has been solid, but he hasn’t had a lot of help in the offensive zone.
Kyle Okposo leads the team in goal-scoring with 10, to go along with 13 assists. He looks to be the Sabres’ other best option in terms of goal-scoring but he hasn’t been consistent. He has just one point, a goal, in his last five games.
There’s no way Buffalo can make a push for the playoffs when the team struggles to score so much. Even though the defense has been respectable, it can’t win games against great teams like the Rangers.
New York Rangers
Still without right winger Rick Nash, the Rangers will have to look to others to continue the team’s high-scoring trend. The Rangers are 1st in the NHL in goals scored this season with 135 and have some great weapons contributing to this statistic.
Left winger Chris Kreider has been a force for the Rangers. His 15 goals and 14 assists put him atop the team in both goals scored and total points. He has six goals and two assists in his last five games, including a hat trick on New Year’s Eve.
Home ice has been good to the Rangers this season. The team has a record of 13-6-1 in Madison Square Garden and has been extremely tough to beat in front of their own fans. Buffalo was going to have an extremely difficult time scoring against the Rangers regardless of where the game was played, but it’s going to be that much tougher in MSG.
To beat the Sabres, New York simply needs to play their brand of aggressive, high-tempo offense while avoiding any major mistakes on defense.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The OVER is 5-0-0 in New York’s last five games
- Buffalo is 1-4-0 in the last five games
Free Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction:
I like New York at home, against a poor offensive Buffalo side.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: -250 is too steep for a moneyline bet. Brave? Bet Rangers on the Puckline or go with a small lean OVER 5.5.
The Rangers have a lot of weapons, despite not having Rick Nash on the ice, and should get the W at home.
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