Hockey Pick: Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres 11/23/11
The Bruins have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL of late, They have won nine games in a row, and they are playing tremendous hockey on both sides of the ice. In this winning streak, the team has scored at least six goals five times and at least five goals six times. And, to make matters all the better, the defense has pitched three shutouts and hasn’t allowed more than three goals even once. This team ranks No. 2 in the league in scoring at 3.3 goals per game and No. 2 in total defense at 2.1 goals per game. Tyler Seguin probably wasn’t supposed to be the leading scorer for this offense, but he is putting forth a remarkable effort. He has 11 goals and 10 assists in the 19 games this year, and he is one of the eight players on the team that has double digits in points. That doesn’t even include David Krejci, one of the best offensive players on the team. Tim Thomas is also starting to look a lot more like the Vezina Trophy winner. He has his GAA down to 1.77, and he has all three of the shutouts on the campaign.
The Sabres have a major problem in defense right now, as they have a slew of injuries on their back line. That’s bad news for a team that has also lost one of the best goaltenders in the world, Ryan Miller to a concussion a week and a half ago. That leaves Jhonas Enroth and Drew MacIntyre to mind the net. Enroth has a 2.06 GAA and a 7-2-0 record though, and his .931 save percentage is even better than that of Miller. Even worse is the fact that Buffalo just isn’t all that fantastic offensively. Thomas Vanek has been fantastic, coming up with 24 points to lead the team, but the club as a whole is only good for 2.8 goals per game, a pedestrian 12th in the league. The Sabres haven’t scored more than three goals in a game in five tries, and things aren’t looking overly promising this time around either.
Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres Pick: Here’s the problem for Boston, though. Buffalo is 16-5 in its last 21 games against teams from the Northeast, and the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in this series. The latter held true in the first go around, a 6-2 win in Beantown for the Bruins. This time around, it’ll be the Sabres that get the last laugh, as they’ll get back in front in the Northeast Division on the eve of Thanksgiving.
NHL Pick: Buffalo Sabres
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