October 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM #52795
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Rivalry Night Mismatch – Bruins Visit Sabres on Light Night in NHL
Teams travelling in totally different direction meet in one of two games on the NHL schedule Wednesday night when one of the Stanley Cup favorites the Boston Bruins visit one of the teams that will threaten for the worst record in the league – the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo has just one win in 10 tries this year – a shootout win against the Islanders but the Bruins seem to bring the best out in this team. Buffalo won the season series 3-2 last year and have been close against divisional foes this year losing all three games by a single goal.
Boston Bruins (5-2-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (1-8-1-0)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Where: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
Broadcast: NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2
Bruins vs. Sabres Betting Lines from betonline.com
Boston Bruins -1½ +190 -178 Ov 5 -110
Buffalo Sabres +1½ -220 +162 Un 5 +100
The Boston Bruins are as advertised – as complete a team as there is in the NHL right now. They are scoring 2.86 goals per game and they are allowing just 1.43 goals per game – quite the recipe for success.
Boston’s lineup is littered with talent – if one line doesn’t beat you, the other will. There are a staggering 14 players on the Bruins roster with multiple points already. But not one roster player is averaging a point a game which speaks to the depth of this club. David Krejci and Reilly Smith enter Wednesday the hottest Bruins – each has a goal and three assists during four game points streaks.
Tuukka Rask has been sensational for Boston allowing one goal or fewer in five of seven games and boasting a 1.29 goals-against average.
How bad has it been for Buffalo – how about one shootout win in the first three weeks of the season? The Sabres are being outscored 13-1 in the first period of their games and they have scored more than one goal in just three of their 10 games so far. The Sabres are averaging 1.2 goals per game which is the league’s lowest average. There isn`t one single plus player on the roster and only two players have more than three points on the year (Cody Hodgson with 7 and Thomas Vanek with 6). It`s all bad in Buffalo – all bad.
If the offense wasn`t bad enough – the defense has been offensive as well. The Sabres allow 2.80 goals per game (and score 1.2) and 34.6 shots per game. Ryan Miller has been OK with a .926 save percentage but he is being hung out to dry frequently night after night. A glimmer of good news? Ryan Miller is 5-2 in his last seven starts versus Boston with a 1.83 goals-against average.
Betting Prediction: A few trends to consider:
• BOS are 12-2 in their last 14 vs. Atlantic.
• Over is 5-1-2 in BOS last 8 Wed. games.
• Under is 17-6-3 in BOS last 26 vs. Atlantic.
• BUF are 1-9 in their last 10 overall.
• Under is 6-1-1 in BUF last 8 home games.
• Under is 8-2-1 in BUF last 11 overall.
• Over is 11-4-5 in the last 20 meetings.
Rivalry night in the NHL eh? Too bad the Sabres likely won’t live up to their end of the bargain. Boston is clearly the better team in all aspects of the game here – the only thing that will slow them is if they look past the worst statistical team in the NHL. Boston is a well coached team with plenty of veteran guys that will make sure a letdown isn’t imminent. Boston wins easily Wednesday night.
Pick: Boston Bruins -178
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