NHL Pick: Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Date/Time: October 23rd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Moneyline: Boston -184
There hasn’t been much to be happy about this year if you’re a fan of the Buffalo Sabres. The Boston Bruins are coming to town on Wednesday night in the nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network, and this isn’t shaping up to be a good night either.
The B’s have yet to have a slip on the road this year, as they are 3-0-0 through three games and don’t look to be losing this one either. This is a bit of a scary one, knowing that the team has a quick turnaround for tomorrow’s home game against the San Jose Sharks. That said, don’t expect to see G Tuukka Rask in one of these games, and it’s very likely that this is going to be the one, knowing that the game against San Jose is going to be a significantly more difficult one. If the team plays offense like it did last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning though, none of this will be an issue. The team scored five times without response in that game to end a solid road trip, and this is the first game since that point. The team really hasn’t been tested yet on the road by a team that was in the playoffs last year, and that isn’t going to come for quite some time. What we have to remember about Boston is that the schedule has been awfully easy thus far this year with only the two games against the Detroit Red Wings coming against postseason clubs.
Poor Buffalo really has to be seeing things just deteriorate in front of its own eyes. The team just isn’t all that good, and the best players are all being rumored already to be shipped elsewhere by the trade deadline. In six home games, the only accomplishment that the Sabres have made is a point in an overtime loss to the aforementioned Lightning. The only win of the season was in a shootout on the road against the New York Islanders, and even in that game, the team was outshot 44-34. For the first time all season long, the Sabres did outshoot their foes over the weekend when they outshot the Colorado Avalanche 30-26, but it didn’t matter in a 4-2 loss. This doesn’t figure to be a game in which that stat is going to get altered all that much, especially knowing that Boston is averaging over 10 shots in each one of its periods this year, and it is only barely giving up 27 shots per game on average.
This just isn’t a pretty one at all for the Sabres. They are going to get beaten in this game two out of three times at least, and that’s why Boston is the side that we have to play. Even if it isn’t Rask in the pipes, Buffalo is in a lot of trouble.
Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres Pick: Boston Bruins -184