Brad Mayer, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Clayton Keller
Betting Odds: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
- Bruins moneyline: -135
- Stars moneyline : +115
- Over/Under: 5.5 (-125/+105)
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
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The Boston Bruins got walloped, 7-0, by the Washington Capitals in D.C. on Wednesday night. It was a game to forget for Tuukka Rask, who let in five goals on 19 shots before being lifted for Jaroslav Halak.
These things happen over the course of an 82-game season, of course, but the B’s now face the unenviable task of traveling to Buffalo to face the Sabres.
The Sabres were an absolute disaster in 2017-18 but that ended up netting Buffalo Rasmus Dahlin in the draft. He immediately improved the Sabres’ defense from bad to mediocre, and that’s a big jump.
The Sabres have some serious scoring depth with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner pacing the forwards. They are strong down the middle and decent on the wings. Carter Hutton was great for the Blues last season, but goalies are fickle, and I wouldn’t say I trust the journeyman to be a No. 1 for an entire season.
There are some natural biases playing a role in this number. First of all, nobody wants to bet on bad teams, and the Sabres were the worst team in the NHL last season. Secondly, bettors will naturally lean toward the Bruins, one of the league’s best teams, thinking that they can’t lose two games in a row or that they will come out extra motivated after being drubbed.
The reality is that this is a team that is on the second night of a back-to-back and it is playing on the road. This game is pretty close to a coin flip, so I’m rolling with the Sabres at +110 or above.
Bet: Buffalo +115
Betting Odds: Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars
- Coyotes moneyline: +160
- Stars moneyline : -185
- Over/Under: 5.5 (-130/+110)
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET