sabres vs bruins nhl prediction

NHL: Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins Prediction 12/7/2023

The Buffalo Sabres (10-14-2) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (17-4-3) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on MSG-. The Bruins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sabres are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Red Wings. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins

The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Facing the Bruins, the Sabres have a record of 10-14-2 so far. At home, their record is 5-7-0 and 5-7-2 on the road. This record has them sitting 7th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 14th in the Eastern conference. Buffalo’s average scoring margin this season is -0.6 leading to an overall puck line record of 13-13. Their scoring margin at home is -0.7 and -0.6 on the road.

The Sabres aim to bounce back following their 5-3 loss at home to the Red Wings. The first period saw the Sabres being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring one time in the second period and two goals in the third. Buffalo’s two power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 32 shots on goal and three giveaways.

Buffalo entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.

The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win

This season, the Bruins have put together an overall record of 17-4-3. When playing on the road, Boston has gone 8-3-2, while their home record stands at 9-1-1. This record has them sitting 1st in the Eastern Atlantic division and 2nd in the Eastern conference. Boston’s average scoring margin this season is +.9, leading to an overall puck line record of 14-10. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +1.4, while on the road, it is +.5.

The Bruins most recently faced the Blue Jackets at home and achieved a 3-1 win. Offensively, the Bruins couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with three goals in the third period. Out of Boston’s three goals, two were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 28 shots on goal and had five giveaways.

Boston came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 4 goals.

Buffalo Offense Breakdown

In terms of their offensive performance, the Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, putting them in the 19th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 25th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the league.

This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 11-14-1. Throughout the season, they have played 12 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.

Boston Offense Breakdown

On the offensive side, the Bruins are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 12th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 13th in the league. So far this year, the Bruins are 9-0 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 8-3 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The Bruins’ over/under record this season is 11-13-0. For the season, they have had 13 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.

Buffalo Team Defense

Defensively, the Sabres are currently 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 20th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Boston Team Defense

Boston defense takes on the Sabres ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.6 shots per game against Boston. They alsso are 5th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Sabres vs Bruins Trends

  • Across the Sabres last ten road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 5-5, while going 3-7 straight-up.
  • Across the Bruins last ten home games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 4-6, while going 5-5 straight-up.
  • In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Bruins have a strong straight up record of 3-0. In addition, their puck line record was 3-0 in these scenarios.
  • Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Sabres have an overall record of 2-1 while going 0-3 against the spread.

Sabres vs Bruins Prediction

If you’re interested in a pure moneyline wager, then the Bruins is the preferred option. However, with a payout of -264, it might be worth considering this bet as a component of a larger parlay.

My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Sabres to cover. Even if the Bruins win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Sabres should cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

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