Buffalo vs NY Rangers NHL Betting Guide
On Saturday night, the New York Rangers welcome the Buffalo Sabres to storied Madison Square Garden in NHL betting action. The Rangers (43-25-9, 95 points) fell to third in the Metropolitan Division after losing in Carolina, 4-3, on Thursday night. The Sabres (32-35-11, 81 points) are in seventh place in the Atlantic Division but just tattooed the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, 4-1.
Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers NHL Betting Guide
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City
TV: MSG, MSGB
Radio: WEPN 98.7 FM ESPN Radio New York
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Sabres?
The Sabres are definitely one of the bottom-feeders in the East right now, but they have been scoring in bunches lately. They put four in the net against Pittsburgh on Tuesday before falling in a shootout, and then they put four more in the net against the Leafs. What is still the #27 offense in the NHL (2.4 goals per game) has been heating up lately, and if the Rangers don’t take the Sabres seriously, they will be looking at yet another frustrating loss when they need to be piling up points in the playoff chase.
Why should you put your money on New York?
The Penguins and Islanders have been streaking lately, which is how Pittsburgh slipped past the Blueshirts in the Metropolitan standings, while the Islanders are only two points back. The Rangers have their backs against the wall, and if they aren’t careful, they could end up in the wild card and facing the Florida Panthers in the first round. What looked like a deep Stanley Cup playoff run could become a one-and-done pretty easily if they’re not careful. Buffalo did rout the Maple Leafs, but Toronto really does not have a competitive team this year as they are in full rebuilding mode. The Rangers need to integrate new signing Eric Staal into their lineup and then put the gas pedal back down on offense.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Rangers to right the ship in front of Henrik Lundqvist. While the Sabres are scrappy, the Rangers will impose their will and come out on top, 4-2.