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The Boston Bruins (51-11-5) will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the Buffalo Sabres (33-29-6) on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins are coming off a 3-0 win over Winnipeg. The Sabres are coming off a 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Boston is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games against Buffalo.
Bruins Going Third Win In Five GamesThe Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak with a win over the Jets in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Sabres, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last five games.
Boston is averaging 3.70 goals per game. They scored three goals on 24 shots in their last game.
Trent Frederic, Pavel Zacha, and Tomas Nosek scored a goal apiece, while David Pastrnak had an assist.
Boston is one of the best defensive teams in the league, giving up 2.16 goals per game. They didn’t give up a goal in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Jeremy Swayman saved all 36 shots that he faced. He is 17-6-4 in 29 games with a 2.28 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Derek Forbort left their last game with a lower-body injury. He has been ruled out indefinitely.
Sabres Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing StreakThe Sabres struggled over the past week and come into this game on a two-game losing streak. They will try to snap their streak with a win over the Bruins, which will give them their second win in their last four games and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Buffalo is averaging 3.63 goals per game. They scored two goals on 38 shots in their last game.
Victor Olofsson scored both goals for the Sabres, while Casey Mittelstadt had two assists.
Buffalo has struggled defensively, giving up 3.63 goals per game. They gave up five goals in their last game and will have to do a better job if they want to win this game.
Craig Anderson saved 17 of the 22 shots that he faced. He is 10-10-2 in 24 games with a 2.89 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Bruins split their last four games, but they’ve won eight of their last 10 road games. They are playing well offensively, scoring nine goals in their last three road games. They have also played well on special teams, converting over 22 percent of their power play opportunities. The Sabres aren’t good at killing penalties and they’re not playing well defensively at the moment, giving up 15 goals in their last three home games, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Bruins in this game. The Sabres have lost six of their last seven games and four of their last five home games. Despite their slump, they are playing well offensively, scoring 10 goals in their last three games. They have also played well on special teams, converting 25 percent of their power pay opportunities. Unfortunately for them, the Bruins are great at killing penalties and they don’t give up a lot of goals, so expect them to keep Buffalo’s offense in check. Go with Boston to cover the puck line.
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Bruins are averaging 3.70 goals per game and 3.71 goals per game on the road. They averaged 4.33 goals per game in their last three games against the Sabres. With Buffalo giving up 3.94 goals per game at home, the Bruins will score at least four goals in this game. The Sabres are averaging 3.63 goals per game and 3.62 goals per game at home. They averaged two goals per game in their last three games against the Bruins. With Boston giving up 2.5 goals per game on the road, the Sabres will score enough goals to push the score over the total. The Bruins and Sabres played over the total in seven of their last 10 meetings.