NHL Hockey Betting: Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins

NHL Hockey Betting:  Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins

Atlantic Division battle at the TD Garden on Monday night as the Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres. These teams are tied for sixth place in the division with 12 points. The Sabres are 5-4-2 on the year while Boston is 6-5-0. Buffalo is coming off a nice defensive effort that produced a 2-1 win at Ottawa and have won 4 of their last 5 games. Boston lost on Saturday at New York but have won 3 of 4 with nice road wins at Detroit, Florida and Tampa Bay.

Neither team has confirmed their goalie at this point but the expectation is that it’ll be the starters. Robin Lehner is penciled in for Buffalo and he’s got a 4-3-1 record with a 2.14 goals against average and a 0.929 save percentage. He’ll face Tuuka Rask who looks to be back to 100% after a bout with ‘general soreness’. Rask is as solid as usual with a 6-1-0 record, a 1.98 goals against average and a 0.932 save percentage.

This could be a ‘lookahead spot’ for the Bruins as they’ve got a very tough and very important game on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. This also leaves the Bruins in something of a conundrum–they’d probably want to make sure that Rask is in net against the Habs on Tuesday but they’re currently without backup Anton Khudobin who’ll miss the next couple of weeks with an arm injury. They’ve had both Zayne McIntyre and Malcom Subban up from the AHL affiliate in Providence to serve as backup but the Bruins have been reticent to give either goalie much playing time. On paper, this looks like a good spot to start the backup but the Bruins might not think they have that luxury given their current situation.

Strange dynamic in this series of late–Boston has won 6 of the last 8 meetings but have split the last 4 at the TD Garden. They did take three of four from Buffalo last year but the Sabres have been very quietly gelling as a team despite the continued absence of forwards Evander Kane and Jack Eichel. Tough situation for the Bruins with Montreal on deck and even in the best circumstances the price looks too high.