Sabres vs. Bruins NHL Pick – December 16th

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<p>The Buffalo Sabres have no time to rest after suffering a 4-3 loss to the Capitals in a shootout last night. Frustrating loss for the Sabres, who came so close to knocking off the red-hot Capitals. They pick up a point from the game, but it would have made for a tremendous morale and momentum boost if it resulted in a win over the Capitals. If you were wondering, yes, Ovechkin scored again. He can’t stop scoring and he did it again last night against the Sabres. </p>
<p>It’s especially difficult on the Sabres because they have a back-to-back Sunday on the road. Back-to-backs during road trips are no fun, and definitely no fun when you had to play the Capitals the night before. The Bruins aren’t an easy out either at home. They’re still a team who like to get physical and bring some defence to the equation. There aren’t many teams left who actually enjoy playing a physical brand of hockey, but the Bruins have been staying true to form. </p>
<p>The Bruins lost Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara around the same time about a month ago. Bergeron and Chara both suffered knee injuries and should return around the same time as well. In the meantime, Boston have been figuring it out without them. It’s taken some work to shift the lines around, but they’ve been looking better now. The Bruins have won three of their last four games, albeit are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Penguins. Their most impressive win came against the Maple Leafs, 6-3. We’ll see if they can take advantage of a tired Buffalo squad this evening at TD Garden. Get our free Sabres vs. Bruins pick below.  </p>
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The Sabres have gone 2-6 since their ten-game winning streak. We all knew it wasn’t going to be easy for them with a target on their backs, but let’s see how they perform in the second-half. I think we’re going to learn a lot about the Sabres after New Years. They were able to pick up 3 points in a few losses, though.

Buffalo were outshot 38 to 29 last night, as the Capitals proved to have just a little more firepower on Saturday night. Their numbers dip on the road, with a record of 8-6-2 compared to 11-3-2 at home. They’ve averaged 2.82 goals per game, while allowing 3 goals per game on the road.

While the Sabres have been strong at home, the Bruins, much to the Sabres’ disappointment, are playing good hockey at TD Garden. They enter Sunday with a record of 11-3-0 in Boston. Their numbers have been speculator, as they’ve notched 3.71 goals per game and allowed 2.29 goals per game on defence. Linus Ullmark will likely get the start between the pipes on Sunday, after Carter Hutton took a loss against the Caps last night.

Ullmark could be better, but he’s been a decent backup. He owns a 3.03 GAA and 0.912 save percentage going into Sunday. This will be his first outing against the Bruins in his career. This isn’t an easy assignment to ask of the Sabres. They put a heck of a lot of effort into playing the Caps close last night, that I don’t think they’re going to have much left in the tank for Sunday. The Bruins likely take advantage of that and get a win in an environment they’ve been accustomed to winning in at TD Garden.

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