Planning on watching today’s Sabres and Rangers game? Catch the action at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, as the Rangers hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on MSG. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Rangers are the home favorites against the Sabres in a Eastern conference matchup.
BUFFALO SABRES VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Sabres.
- We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+168)
- The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Sabres Pull Off a Road Win?
This season, the Sabres currently hold an overall record of 14-17-3. When playing on the road, Buffalo has a 7-9-2 record, while they are 7-8-1 at home. Their current record places them 7th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 14th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Buffalo have posted a 17-17 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 11-7, while they are 6-10 at home. This season, Buffalo’s games have an average of 6.5 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Sabres come in with an over/under performance of 15-18-1.
Across their three previous road games, Buffalo has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
On offense, the Sabres are averaging 3 goals per game which is 14th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. Coming into the game, the Sabres have 9-9 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 5-8.
Buffalo will be looking for a good game from Jeff Skinner who leads the team in scoring with 14 goals, ranking 26th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 11 assists so far.
In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.5 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has started 13 games in this season. His current record is 6-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.6224489795918368%.
Does New York Have a Shot at a Home Win?
This season, the Rangers have put together an overall record of 22-8-1. When playing on the road, New York has gone 12-4-1, while their home record stands at 10-4-0. They are currently positioned 1st in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 1st in the Eastern conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, New York has a 15-16 record. On the road they are 10-7 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is5-9. For the season, New York’s games have finished with an average of 6.1 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Rangers have an over/under record of 14-15-2.
In their last three home games, New York has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
On the offensive side, the Rangers are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 15th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 23rd in the league. The Rangers went 16-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-3.
New York’s leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far, he has 17 goals which is 9th in the NHL. Panarin also comes into the game with 26 assists.
The Rangers defense is currently 26th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 14th with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin comes into the game having made 19 starts this season. So far, his record is 12-7 and he has a save percentage of 0.8061224489795918%.