Bruins vs Sabres: Expert NHL Picks and Predictions 03/02/23

Bruins vs Sabres: Expert NHL Picks and Predictions 03/02/23

 

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Sabres money line +255
Sabres spread +1.5 (+110)
Bruins  money line -333
Bruins spread -1.5 (-135)
Over / under 6.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Buffalo Sabres Boston Bruins
Record 31-24-4 47-8-5
Road / home record 19-8-2 24-2-3
Streak L2 W6
Goals per game 3.13 3.72
Goals allowed per game 3.07 2.07
Shots per game 31.3 34.7
Shots allowed per game 31.2 30.2
PP % 25.6% 29.10%
PK % 25.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 34-24-1 25-32-3
 

Preview

The Boston Bruins will host the Buffalo Sabres on March 2, 2023, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins will be looking to continue their winning streak as they face off against the struggling Sabres in this Atlantic Division matchup.

 

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have had a challenging season, currently sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 31-24-4. They have struggled with consistency this season, often alternating between winning and losing streaks.

Offensively, the Sabres have been led by Tage Thompson, who has been one of the bright spots for the team this season. Thompson has been on fire, with 41 goals and 39 assists for a total of 80 points. He has been a consistent performer for the Sabres and has been the team's go-to guy on offense.

Defensively, the Sabres have struggled this season, allowing an average of 3.51 goals per game. They have not been able to consistently keep the puck out of their own net, which has been a significant factor in their struggles this season. However, they have two capable goaltenders in Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Craig Anderson, who have been solid when called upon.

In addition to their defensive struggles, the Sabres have also struggled on the road this season, with a record of 19-8-2 away from home. They have not been able to consistently perform away from home, which could be a significant factor when they face off against the Bruins on March 2.

Overall, the Sabres have the talent to compete with some of the best teams in the NHL, but they will need to bring their best game when they face off against the Bruins. They will need to improve their defensive play and get a solid performance from their goaltending if they want to have a chance at pulling off the upset against the dominant Bruins.

 

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins have been on an absolute tear this season, sitting atop the Atlantic Division with an impressive record of 47-8-5. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the league, with their strong play on both ends of the ice.

One of the main reasons for the Bruins' success this season has been their strong defensive play. Led by goalie Linus Ullmark, the Bruins have allowed an average of only 2.10 goals per game, which is the best in the league. Ullmark has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this season, with an outstanding record of 31-4-1, a goals-against average of 1.88, and a save percentage of .938. He has been a rock in net for the Bruins and has played a crucial role in the team's success.

Offensively, the Bruins have been led by David Pastrnak, who has been one of the best players in the league this season. Pastrnak has been on fire, with 42 goals and 38 assists for a total of 80 points. He has been a consistent performer for the Bruins and has been a key contributor to their success this season. Along with Pastrnak, the Bruins have a deep and talented offensive lineup, with players like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy who can all make a significant impact on the game.

In addition to their strong defense and offense, the Bruins have also been dominant at home this season, with a record of 24-2-3 at TD Garden. They have been able to use their home ice advantage to their advantage and have secured comfortable victories in front of their home fans.

Overall, the Boston Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, with their strong defense, goaltending, and offense. They will be looking to continue their dominance when they face off against the Sabres on March 2.

INJURIES: Jake DeBrusk is questionable for this game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games.

Buffalo are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

Buffalo are 2-17 SU in their last 19 games against Boston.

Buffalo are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Buffalo are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games.

Boston are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games against Buffalo.

Boston are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.

Boston are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Buffalo.

 

Prediction

The Boston Bruins have been dominant at home this season, with a record of 24-2-3. They have been able to use their home ice advantage to secure comfortable victories, and they should be able to do the same against the Sabres.

On the other hand, the Sabres have struggled on the road this season, with a record of 19-8-2. They have not been able to consistently perform away from home, and this could be a significant factor in this matchup against the Bruins.

In addition, the Bruins have won both of their previous matchups against the Sabres this season, with a 3-1 victory in the first game and a 4-3 overtime victory in the second game. They have been able to contain the Sabres' offense in both of these games, and they should be able to do the same in this matchup.

Overall, the Boston Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, and they should be able to secure a comfortable victory against the struggling Buffalo Sabres on March 2. Therefore, I predict that the Bruins will win and cover the -1.5 puck line in this matchup.

 

PICK: Bruins -1.5 (-135) 

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