The Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the New York Islanders take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The Islanders are off a hard-fought 2-1 home win over the Wild, while the Sabres are off a 3-1 home loss to the Jets.
The Islanders Are Back On Track
The New York Islanders had a stretch that saw them go 15-3, but it was briefly interrupted by a 1-3 mark over their next four games. The Islanders have righted the ship as they co[me in having won three games in a row. In their last contest, they topped the Minnesota Wild at home by a score of 2-1 and scoring in the win was Anthony Beauvillier, which was his 13th of the year and Devon Toews, whose 4th of the year was the game-winner at the 2:01 mark of the 2nd period. The Islanders are now 19-6 over their last 25 games and they currently lead the Metro Division by five points over the Capitals and their 72 total points check in as 4th most in the year. The goaltending has been outstanding of late as the Isles have allowed a mere 1.23 gpg over their last 14 games. If a team can’t score, it can’t win Daniel-San.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 10, 2019
Snatching up the win against the Wild was Thoma Greiss, who stopped 26 of the 27 shots that he faced to improve to 16-10 with a 2.28 GAA on the year. Robin Lehner will patrol the crease for this one and he has gone 17-12 with a 2.05 GAA on the year overall, including 9-8 with a 2.29 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 2-3 with a 2.15 GAA against the Sabres. The Islanders have gone 16-11 on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.74 gpg and have allowed 2.44 gpg in those games. New York enters this contest ranked 27th in power play conversions at 16.1% and 17th in penalty kill at 80.0%.
Sabres Fall After A Win… Again
I remember reading back during the Buffalo win streak that some felt they were the best team in the league. They were really putting the cart before the horse in that respect. The Sabres have gone just 10-20, but more disturbing is the fact that they just can’t win back-to-back. The last time they won two in a row was December 11th & 13, but since then, they have gone 0-9 when coming off a win. They had a chance to change that in their last game as they faced a struggling Winnipeg team at home, but the Sabres fell by a score of 3-1 in that game. The contest was tied at 1-1 heading to the 3rd when the Jets scored twice in the final 3:55 of regulation to walk away with the hard-fought win. Scoring their lone goal was Jack Eichel, which was his 18th of the year. Buffalo is currently in 10th place in the East and just two points out of the 8th slot. If they hope to get into the playoffs, then eventually, they will need to learn how to win two games in a row again.
Dahlin's assist yesterday was his 31st point of the season, tying him with Jim Benning & Doug Bodger for the third-most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 11, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Jets was Carter Hutton, who allowed two goals on 28 shot attempts to fall to 15-19 with a 2.84 GAA on the year, including 10-8 with a 2.48 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 1-1 with a 2/32 GAA against the Islanders. Buffalo has gone 16-12 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.07 gpg and have allowed 3.04 gpg in those games. The Sabres check in ranked 19th in power play conversions at 18.2% and 8th in penalty kill at 82.1%.
- 5-13 in their last 18 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 13-39 in their last 52 vs. the Metropolitan
New York is:
- 8-1 in their last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 22-7 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Sabres have been very inconsistent of late and I do not see that changing in this one. The Islanders are one of the best teams in the league and they have won their last three games in a row and 19 of their last 25. They have been stingy in the crease as the Isles have allowed just 1.23 gpg over their last 14 games and The Sabres will not find enough offense to win this one. Lastly, we note that the Islanders have taken five of the last six games in this series.
Prediction: New York -115
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this one to go Under the total. The Islanders have allowed a mere 1.23 gpg over their last 14 games and those games have averaged just 3.43 gpg. The Sabres have averaged 3.00 gpg over their last 10, but they will not have much success in this one as the Isles have not allowed much of late. The Sabres have allowed 4.00 gpg over their last 10 games, but the Isles have averaged just 2.30 gpg over the same stretch. The Under is 10-1-1 in New York’s last 12 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and 6-2 in Buffalo’s last eight games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
Prediction: Under 5.5