NHL Hockey Odds are that you wouldn’t have thought that the Buffalo Sabres would be one of the worst teams in the NHL twelve games into their season but guess what? They are 29th in the NHL and have only eight points of a possible 24 so far. On Wednesday night, they are home to face a Boston team that has won six of their past seven games.
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NHL Hockey Odds:
Spread: Boston -1 ½ (+220): Buffalo +1 ½ (-260)
Moneyline: Boston -135: Buffalo +115
Total: 5 goals
The Boston Bruins have had everything go right for them so far this season. The only possible complaint is the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask. NHL Hockey Odds it would only be a problem if Boston’s “backup” Tim Thomas wasn’t currently the hottest goaltender on the planet. Thomas is 6-0-0 this season with an insane 0.50 goals against average and a .984 save percentage. He has three shutouts already this season and no team has scored more than one goal against him in a game. For his efforts, Thomas was named the NHL’s Second Star for the month of October.
Boston’s quiet acquisition of Nathan Horton during the offseason is paying dividends for a team notorious for its lack of scoring. Horton and his line mates Milan Lucic and David Krejci have combined for 11 goals and 15 assists in their last eight games.
The Buffalo Sabres came into the season with lofty expectations but have fallen flat to start the season. NHL Hockey odds are that any team with injuries and poor goaltending would suffer the same fate. The injury bug has bitten again – All-World goaltender Ryan Miller (who has struggled with a 3-5-2 record so far this season) will likely sit out Wednesday’s game in favor of Patrick Lalime who has a miserable 0-2 record with a 4.04 goals against average and an .871 save percentage.
The Sabres will get a little offensive boost in the form of Jason Pominville who returns after concussion-like symptoms sidelined him and Craig Rivet who should provide some help on the Buffalo Sabres back end. Buffalo will need all the help that they can get in order to get their first win at home this season (0-4-1 so far).
NHL Hockey Odds Outlook:
The Boston Bruins are unbeaten on the road so far this season (3-0-0) and the Sabres are winless at home. Despite Buffalo’s 6-15 record in their last 21 trips to HSBC arena, I like them to keep Buffalo searching for the elusive first home win. With Tim Thomas in net, the Bruins seem unstoppable. As for the Sabres, Patrick Lalime is a backup goaltender for a reason!
boston bruins - buffalo sabres - craig rivet - david krejci - hsbc arena - jason pominville - milan lucic - patrick lalime - ryan miller - tim thomas