Moneyline favors Sabres in battle with Islanders
New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres Odds
Buffalo will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the New York Islanders pay a visit to First Niagara Center.
The Sabres sit at 6-11-1 on the season; in comparison, the Islanders are currently 7-9-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Buffalo is 10-8 OU, and New York is 11-6 OU.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Sabres as -123 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
This game puts the Sabres, most recently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Islanders, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 15-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.5 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 12.3% rate while the Islanders have a 83.3% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for New York, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Canadiens on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +131 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Toronto at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 2-8
After playing Montreal are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
A few Islanders at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the NY Islanders last 11 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the NY Islanders last 10 games on the road
NY Islanders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 9 games when playing NY Islanders
NY Islanders home to Carolina, Sunday, February 24
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, February 26