Looking to win big? The Bruins and Sabres face off at 7:30 ET on TNT. The Sabres are hosting the game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. The Bruins are the favorites in this Atlantic division matchup against Sabres. The over/under for the game is set at 6 goals.
BOSTON BRUINS VS BUFFALO SABRES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Buffalo Sabres +1.5
This game will be played at KeyBank Center at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.
WHY BET THE BUFFALO SABRES:
- The Bruins enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
- Take the Bruins on the moneyline
- On the puck line, we like Sabres (+1.5)
Will Boston Win on the Road?
As they head into their game vs. the Sabres, the Bruins have a 19-7-6 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-2-3, and they have 9-5-3 mark on the road. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Boston heads in with a 16-16 record. On the road, their mark is 8-9 and their overall home performance is 8-7 vs. the puck line. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Boston is 5.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 15-17-0.
Across the Bruins last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 1-2 straight-up.
For their offensive performance, the Bruins come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 22nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. In terms of the Bruins’ offense during power plays, they are 12th in power play goals and 31st in shorthanded goals.
Boston’s leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. So far this season, he has 20 goals, placing him 4th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 24 assists.
In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.6 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 26th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Jeremy Swayman has started 16 games this season. His current record stands at 9-2, and his save percentage is 0.7142857142857143%.
Do the Sabres Have a Shot at a Home Win?
This season, the Sabres currently hold an overall record of 14-17-4. When playing on the road, Buffalo has a 7-9-3 record, while they are 7-8-1 at home. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 14th.
In terms of the puck line, Buffalo are 18-17. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 12-7, while their overall home performance is 6-10. Games involving Buffalo have an average of 6.5 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Sabres come in with a record of 16-18-1.
Across their last three home contests, Buffalo has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 16th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 8th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Sabres offense is 27th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the NHL.
Buffalo’s current leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. This season, he has 14 goals, which puts him 29th in the NHL. Skinner also comes into the game with 11 assists.
Defensively, the Sabres are currently 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.6 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 26th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Goalie Devon Levi comes into the game having made 14 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-4 and he has a save percentage of 0.5816326530612245%.