Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins Pick
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.