NHL Picks: Bruins vs Sabres

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:01 PM GMT

The Boston Bruins invade the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Wednesday to take on the Sabres. Will the Buffalo Bruins be able to step up for this matchup?  Find out what we think.

 According to current NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -180 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The series between these two teams has seen just 4 of the last 20 meetings go over the total. The road team has won 4 of the last 5 games in the series.

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Sad State of Affairs in Buffalo

The Sabres are off to a nightmare of a start to the season losing 9 of their first 10-games. Playing at home hasn’t been an advantage as they’ve dropped all 6-games at the First Niagara Center. Their only victory of the season came in an overtime shootout on the road versus the New York Islanders. Unfortunately for Sabres fans there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. This is a team that short on talent and experience which doesn’t bode well for the future. The Sabres two star players goaltender Ryan Miller and winger Thomas Vanek will become unrestricted free agents at the season’s end, and in all likelihood will both be moved by the trade deadline. Buffalo is dead last in the NHL averaging 1.2 goals per game. The aforementioned Miller has played much better than his 2.76 GAA indicates evidenced by a stellar .926 save percentage. Buffalo has gone over the total in just 2 of their first 10-games.

Beast of the East

Until someone knocks them off their pedestal the Boston Bruins will once again be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Boston is off to a 5-2 start to the season including a perfect 3-0 on the road. This will be the 3rd straight road game for the Bruins in which they won the first two at Florida and Tampa Bay. Boston hasn’t played since their 5-0 win versus the Panthers on Saturday night. Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season stopping all 23 Florida shots on goal. Rask has started in all 7-games this season and has been magnificent with an excellent 1.29 GAA, in addition to a terrific .954 save percentage. The only negative for the Bruins thus far has been their power play that’s converting on a mere 11.5% of its chances.

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Final Analysis

Eliminating any type of selection on the Sabres in this game was the easiest decision for my NHL picks I’ve made in months. I can’t see Buffalo scoring more than 1-goal in this game. I can see Ryan Miller continuing his strong play in goal as he vies for the starting spot for the United States in the upcoming Olympics. He will face plenty of rubber tonight and will be up to the task. My lean in this game is a low scoring affair.

Free Pick: Boston/Buffalo to go under 5.0