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The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers look for a win after winning five of their last seven games.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 27 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 30 assists and Jeff Skinner has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 64 goals on 686 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 64 goals on 664 shots.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 44 goals, Artemi Panarin has 58 assists, and Mika Zibanejad has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has given up 67 goals on 652 shots, and Igor Shesterkin has allowed 87 goals on 1,356 shots.
The Sabres are 32-90 in their last 122 road games and 34-78 in their last 112 overall. The Rangers are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Sabres last 5 road games. The under is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 Sunday games. The Sabres are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in New York and 17-36 in the last 53 meetings.
The New York Rangers are obviously the rightful favorites here, and they should win, as the Sabres have been fade material on the road the last few years. However, this is a lot of plus money to give a Sabres team that’s having solid success this week. If there was ever a time to take a shot in the dark with the Sabres, it’s probably here. Give me the Sabres and the big potential payout.