The New York Rangers look to turn around their bad fortune to start the season in a rematch with the Buffalo Sabres tonight at KeyBank Center.
Let’s take a look at this Eastern Division showdown from a betting perspective in our Rangers vs. Sabres betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Rangers vs. Sabres Betting Preview
The New York Rangers dropped their fourth straight contest on Tuesday in a 3-2 defeat that saw Buffalo cash in on a pair of power-play goals, with star forward Jack Eichel picking up the game-winner in the second period.
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Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark made 28 saves, out-dueling the Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev, who stopped 21 shots. One bright spot for New York was rookie defenseman K’Andre Miller. The 21-year old Saint Paul, Minnesota native scored his first career goal and was a +2, logging just over 17 minutes of ice time.
Rangers vs. Sabres Odds
Here are the lines for Rangers vs. Sabres at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Rangers (+1.5 -275); Sabres (-1.5 +220)
Moneyline: Rangers (-103); Sabres (-113)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-112)/Under 6 (-109)
Bets We Like With a Rangers Win
Artemi Panarin to Score a Goal Anytime (+170, DraftKings)
The “Breadman” needs to warm up tonight in order for the Rangers to get a victory here on the road and end their losing skid. The 29-year old Russian had his three-game point streak snapped on Tuesday, firing off just two shots on goal. In 14 career games against Buffalo, Panarin has five goals and eight assists. I like for the superstar to get back on the scoresheet this evening.
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Bets We Like With a Sabres Win
Jack Eichel OVER 3.5 Shots on Goal (+100, BetMGM)
The 24-year old Massachusetts native picked up the game-winning goal on the power-play in Tuesday’s contest, firing off three total shots on net. Eichel has had at least three shots on goal in six of his last seven games played.
As the key piece offensively for the Sabres, he should eclipse that mark once again tonight.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Game to end in a Tie After Regulation (+325 at DraftKings)
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These two clubs played tight on Tuesday, with no scoring after the second period of play. Both clubs have had issues yielding high danger scoring chances, but with Igor Shesterkin back between the pipes for the Rangers, I like for him to bounce back from his recent struggles and turn in a good effort along with his tentative counterpart Linus Ullmark.
Look for this game to go past 60 minutes tonight.
Rangers vs. Sabres Prediction
The Rangers need to get things rolling in the right direction, and while they haven’t played as poorly as their 1-4-1 record would indicate, these close losses will start to add up and take a toll on the locker room.
I like New York to get back in the win column with a 3-2 road victory in overtime this evening.
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