Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 12/30/2021 Betting Preview, Spread and Game Analysis

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Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 12-30-2021 Betting Preview Spread and Game Analysis

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 12/30/2021 – The Buffalo Sabres played their first game in 12 days on Wednesday, but it resulted in a loss at home against the New Jersey Devils, 4-3. And while they are still wincing from the pain of the defeat, the team is forced to pack their things and travel to the UBS Arena to play the New York Islanders for the second of a back-to-back. The hosts are pegged as -217 favorites in this match as the visitors are tasked to defy a +175 underdog price. The puck will be dropped at 07:30 Eastern Time. Fans can catch the game live at ESPN and NHL.TV.

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 12/30/2021

When: Thursday, December 30, 7:30 PM ET

Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, New York

TV: ESPN+

Stream: NHL.TV

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders 12/30/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Buffalo Sabres +1.5 (-156) 5.5 o (-105) +175
New York Islanders -1.5 (+127) 5.5 u (-105) -217
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Buffalo Sabres

Being short-handed, as well as missing the guidance of their head coach, has definitely affected the Sabres as it showed in their loss to the Devils on Wednesday. While the rest of the squad came out ready to play, the mismatch in terms of talent was evident as the team struggled offensively despite playing at home. New Jersey outshot the Sabres by a mile, 42-22, something that they will have to address when they visit the Islanders on Thursday. 

Players to watch: K. Okposo RW (G 6, A 14, PTS 20), R. Dahlin D (G 6, A 12, PTS 18), T. Thompson RW (G 10, A 8, PTS 18).

New York Islanders

Winning has been elusive for the Islanders this season. With just 22 points in 26 games, the team has to settle for last place in the stacked Metropolitan Division. After a series of delays, New York will finally make its return when they host the Sabres on Thursday. COVID has hit the team hard, making their already underwhelming campaign a forgettable one. Amidst all these, the team has gotten the nod to be tagged as favorites in their game against Buffalo. Other members of the team are pressured to step up. For the Islanders, it’s all about answering the call in their hopes to salvage their season. 

Players to watch: M. Barzal C (G 5, A 12, PTS 17), O. Wahlstrom RW (G 8, A 7, PTS 15), B. Nelson C (G 10, A 3, PTS 13).

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders Betting Predictions

Trends

Sabres

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 7 games.
Buffalo are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games.
Sabres are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games against NY Islanders.
Buffalo are 4-16 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
Buffalo are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders.

Islanders

The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Islanders’ last 6 games.
NY Islanders are 3-14 SU in their last 17 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 5 games against Buffalo.
NY Islanders are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games at home.
NY Islanders are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Buffalo.

Sabres vs Islanders Betting Picks

If anything, the Sabres will have to learn from the defeat they suffered against the Devils just a day before. It will be an upset taking into account the latest NHL Odds as Buffalo is set to bounce back with the Islanders will be on the receiving end of it.

Score Prediction: Sabres 3, Islanders 2.