New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres



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The Sabres host the Rangers in a matchup of two teams that are in the bottom of the East Division.

The Rangers have gotten off to a bad start to the season, as they have one win in five games and they have lost three in a row. Their last three games have been close but they have only scored more than three goals in one game and that was in their lone win in New York’s second game of the season.

Buffalo only has five points in six games, but they did snap their two-game losing streak with a win in their last game. They are two points up on the basement dwelling Rangers in the East Division and their defense is giving up an average of 3 goals per game.

Giving it Up Early and Giving it Up Late

In their last game the Rangers were on the road and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 where they gave up the game-tying goal early in the third period and then the game-winning goal with only 1:31 remaining. Colin Blackwell and Ryan Strome each scored in the losing effort in a game where New York outshot the Pens 26-19.

Igor Shesterkin (0-2-1 2.98 GAA) was in between the pipes in the last game giving up three goals on 19 shots and he has given up three goals in each of his last two starts. Alexandar Georgiev (1-1-0, 2.40 GAA) may get the call in this game and after a shutout win in his first start of the season he gave up four goals on 20 shots in his last start where he was pulled after the second period.

Four player for the Rangers have scored two goals including Artemi Panarin, who leads the team with six points. New York is only averaging 2.6 goals per game and they have struggled on the power play with only four goals on 23 power play chances. The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 road games facing the Sabres.

Turning the Tide

The Sabres were on the road in their last game beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout while they lost to them 4-3 in a shootout in the previous game. Eric Staal, Dylan Cozens, and Riley Sheahan all scored in regulation for the Sabres in the game game where they were outshot 32-27.

Linus Ullmark (1-1-1 2.55 GAA) got the start in the last game giving up three goals on 31 shots while also giving up three goals on 32 shots in the previous loss to the Caps.

Carter Hutton (1-2-0, 2.65 GAA) has missed the last two games with a head inury and is questionable for this game.

Victor Olofsson leads the team with three goals and six points, Taylor Hall also has six points, and Jack Eichel leads the club with seven points on seven assists. The Sabres have lost both of their home games this season, which was their first two games, and are back home after a four-game road trip.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Penguins are 0-2 on the road this season and dating back to last season have lost their last five road games. However, they have won eight of their last 10 road games facing the Sabres. That trend will not continue in this game. The Sabres played pretty well in the last couple of games and came up with their second win of the season in their last game. Three of their four losses have come facing the Capitals, who are in first place in the East Division. Buffalo will play good defense in this game facing a struggling New York attack and they will win their second in a row for the first time this season.

Sabres -110

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Full-Game Total Pick

In 10 of the last 14 games between these rivals in Buffalo the total has gone Under and I am leaning towards that pick in this game. Neither team has been great on the attack on the season and the Rangers have scored more than three goals in only one game. There will not be a lot of offensive fireworks in this East Division game. The Sabres and Rangers will play a cautious game on the defensive end of the ice, which will lead to a low-scoring game and because of that the Under is the smart pick.

Under 6.5 goals