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Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at 5:26 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings.
Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at 5:26 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP.

The Rangers are looking to bounce back on Friday night in Buffalo after a loss in New Jersey on Thursday. Read on for our best Rangers-Sabres NHL pick based on the top NHL odds.

The Rangers’ three-game win streak was snapped on Thursday, but they'll look to get back to their winning ways in Buffalo. New York has been impressive over the last few weeks with a 9-2-1 record since March 9.

On the other side, the Sabres are looking to finish a transition year on a high note. They're 4-8-3 since Feb. 28 after it looked like the team might push for a playoff spot.

Here is our best Rangers-Sabres NHL pick (odds via FanDuel Sportsbook; Pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Rangers vs. Sabres pick

Rangers (-142 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s expected to be backup goalie Jaroslav Halak (10-8-3, 2.68 goals-against average, .905 save percentage) in net for the Rangers, but New York still holds the upper hand.

Devon Levi is set to make his professional debut for the Sabres after posting a .933 SV% over 34 games with Northeastern University in 2022-23. Buffalo could also be without budding star Tage Thompson, who's facing a game-time decision due to an upper-body injury.

The Rangers are 7-5-2 on no days without rest and 3-2-0 after a loss. They can bounce back quickly, especially against a struggling squad like the Sabres.

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Rangers vs. Sabres best odds

FanDuel (-142)


The moneyline is nearly uniform across the board with only a few cents of difference between FanDuel and the other books.

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Rangers vs. Sabres odds

Rangers vs. Sabres odds analysis

New York opened at -150 and has understandably come down a bit with the Rangers on the second half of a back-to-back set. The Rangers are now in the mid -140s across the board.

The total opened at 6.5 (-110), but it's since moved 20 cents to -130. Meanwhile, you can get +110 on the under at 6.5. Bettors are expecting a higher-scoring game with a backup goalie against a kid making his pro debut, as 67% of the action is currently coming in on the Over.

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Rangers vs. Sabres game info

  • Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY

Rangers-Sabres pick made 3/31/2023 at 11:51 p.m. ET.

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