Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/4/21

The New York Islanders and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Tuesday night.

The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Sabres on Monday. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 41 points including 15 goals and 26 assists while Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle each have 32 points with Bailey logging 24 assists while Eberle has 15 goals and 17 assists. Brock Nelson has 29 points with a team-high 16 assists and Nick Leddy has 29 points as well with a team-high 27 assists. As a team, New York is averaging 2.7 goals on 28.6 shots with an 18.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.2 goals on 28.1 shots with an 83.9% success rate on the PK.

The Buffalo Sabres will try to build on their win over New York and play spoiler again on Tuesday. Sam Reinhart leads the Sabres in scoring with 37 points including a team-high 23 goals and 14 assists while Victor Olofsson has 30 points with 13 goals and 17 assists. Rasmus Dahlin has 23 points with 18 assists while Casey Mittelstadt has 21 points with 10 goals and 11 assists. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.4 goals on 28.3 shots with a 20.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.5 goals on 33.6 shots with a 77.6% success rate on the PK this season.

New York is 21-8 in their last 29 games as a favorite and 21-10 in their last 31 games overall while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Buffalo is 43-104 in their last 147 games playing on no rest and 14-45 in their last 59 games overall while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 Tuesday games.

The Buffalo Sabres are going to get sizeable plus money down the stretch, but they’re still not a team I’m looking to back the rest of the way as they’re just playing out the string. The Islanders need these wins for playoff positioning and to have any chance at catching up to Pittsburgh for the number one seed in the East division. I think we see the Islanders take advantage of an opponent with nothing to play for, so I’ll back the Islanders here on the puck line.

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