New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres 12/27/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/26/2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
First Niagara Center in Buffalo
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On Saturday night, New York Islanders will try to get back on the winning track when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. Last season, the Islanders were able to beat the Sabres in two out of their three games against each other.
The Islanders had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night when the Montreal Canadiens came into town and beat them 3-1. They lost that game despite finishing with a dominant 38-21 shots-on-goal advantage.
The Islanders currently have one of the worst penalty kills in the league, but they are also near the top of the NHL in scoring with 2.9 goals per game. Center Brock Nelson leads the team in scoring with 14 goals, while right wing Kyle Okposo is the team leader in assists with 21.
On Tuesday night, the Sabres lost their fourth game in a row when the Detroit Red Wings beat them 6-3 on the road. The Sabres ended up with just 16 shots on goal in that loss and allowed the Red Wings to score on four of their six power play opportunities.
Through 35 games, the Sabres are at the bottom of the league in both scoring and power play percentage. Goalie Jhonas Enroth has had a decent start to the season by going 10-11-2 with one shutout, a .912 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA in 23 games played.
New York Islanders Betting Trends
New York Islanders are 23-11-0 Against the Spread
New York Islanders are 16-18-0 against the Over/Under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
Buffalo Sabres are 13-22-0 Against the Spread
Buffalo Sabres are 16-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
New York Islanders
12/17/14 RW Michael Grabner Lower Body out indefinitely
10/07/14 D Matt Carkner Back out indefinitely
12/26/14 LW Matt Moulson Illness is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. NY Islanders
12/24/14 D Tyson Strachan Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. NY Islanders
12/24/14 D Mike Weber Knee is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. NY Islanders
12/23/14 RW Brian Gionta Upper Body "?" Saturday vs NY Islanders
12/23/14 D Tyler Myers Lower Body "?" Saturday vs NY Islanders
12/21/14 LW Marcus Foligno Hand out 3 months
12/19/14 C Cody McCormick Lower Body out indefinitely
12/18/14 C Torrey Mitchell Lower Body out indefinitely
10/31/14 GO Matt Hackett Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo
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