Victor Olofsson, Jack Eichel, and the Buffalo Sabres will face off against David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden for a divisional matchup. The match will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, and fans at home can catch it live on New England Sports Network.
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Bruins (-230), while the Sabres are offering moneyline odds of +190,, and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
Boston is 23-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 39 regular season outings, 18 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while an additional 18 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the team’s 13-9 SU at home.
The Bruins have converted on 26.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.5 percent of all penalties.
With a .923 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (14 wins, nine losses, and five OT losses) has been the most dependable option in goal for Boston this year. If the Bruins, however, choose to give him the night off, the team could turn to Jaroslav Halak (9-7-7 record, .928 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average).
On the other hand, Buffalo is 17-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 20 of its contests have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under the total and none have pushed. As a road team this season, the Sabres are 6-15 SU.
The Sabres have converted on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Linus Ullmark (29.6 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Buffalo. Ullmark owns an 11-12-3 record, and has registered a .914 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year.
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins Free Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
The Bruins (0-5 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. The Sabres has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five matches.
Five of Buffalo’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
The Bruins this season have recorded the ninth-most hits per game in the NHL (23.9).