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Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 3/7/2023 Analysis, Odds and Predictions

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 3/7/2023 Analysis, Odds and Predictions

The Buffalo Sabres are set to hit the road and take on the New York Islanders in an exciting NHL Inter-Division matchup at the UBS Arena in Elmont on Tuesday, March 7th. With a record of 32-26-4 and 68 points, the Sabres are currently sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They have been particularly impressive on the road this season, with a solid 19-9-2 road record.

Despite losing three of their last five games, the Sabres are a strong offensive team, averaging 3.72 goals on 32.6 shots per game. They have been particularly effective on the power play, converting on 30.6% of their opportunities, and have dominated in the face-off circle, winning 44.6% of their draws. However, their defense has been somewhat suspect, giving up an average of 3.45 goals on 33.0 shots per game with a penalty kill of 71.8%. The Sabres will be looking to veteran netminder Craig Anderson, who boasts a 7-4-1 record and an impressive save percentage of .972 for the season, to help shut down the Islanders’ offense and secure a crucial road victory.

  • The Sabres are 5-1 SU in their last 6 matches with New York.
  • The Buffalo Sabres are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
  • Buffalo is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games on the road against NY Islanders.

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 3/7/2023 Analysis, Odds and Predictions

The New York Islanders are gearing up for a showdown on their home ice against the Buffalo Sabres, as they aim to secure their second consecutive victory. The Islanders currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a solid 32-25-8 overall record, earning a total of 72 points. The team boasts an impressive home record of 19-11-3 for the year and will look to continue their winning ways against the Sabres.

In their last five games, the Islanders have emerged victorious in three matchups, including a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their most recent outing. Leading the charge for the Islanders was Anders Lee, who tallied two goals, while Kyle Palmieri added a goal and an assist and Zach Parise contributed one goal. With an offence that averages 3.16 goals on 36.9 shots per game and successful power plays and face-offs, the Islanders will rely on their potent offensive attack to get past the Sabres. Defensively, the team has allowed an average of 2.68 goals on 31.9 shots per contest, with a penalty kill of 81.6%. In goal, the Islanders will turn to Ilya Sorokin, who has a 13-12-1 record on the season and an impressive save percentage of .926.

  • The total went OVER in 7 of the NY Islanders’ last 9 matches with the Sabres.
  • The total remained UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders’ last 5 games at home.
  • The New York Islanders are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games at home against Buffalo.

Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Islanders. The NHL Pick for this contest is Buffalo Sabres. This will be a battle between two instate teams who played good hockey just recently. The Sabres have a 6-4 record while the Islanders have a 5-3-2 standing in the last five matches. However, Buffalo is the better with a 19-9-2 road record while the Sabres are 19-11-3 at home. The prediction: Buffalo Sabres will win 4-3.  

NHL Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET

Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, NY 

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023                                                                                        

TV: ESPN+ Hockey Night

NHL Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo Sabres +143            

NHL Totals: 6.5

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