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Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres odds, picks and prediction

Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) goes past Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins (25-12-6) visit the Buffalo Sabres (12-26-7) for a three-game series at KeyBank Center beginning with a 6:30 p.m. ET puck drop Tuesday. Below, we analyze the Bruins-Sabres odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Bruins have won four straight games to remain fourth in the ultra-competitive East Division. The streak started with a 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres last Tuesday in LW Taylor Hall‘s debut for the B’s. Boston is coming off a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals Sunday.

Buffalo is firmly last in the East Division but won two of its last three games against the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sabres’ 4-2 win over the Penguins Sunday was their fourth straight victory by a multi-goal margin.

The Bruins lead the season series 3-0, but the last two victories were both decided by a 3-2 score with the most recent going all the way to a shootout. All three meetings played to the Under on a projected goal total of 5.5.

Bruins at Sabres: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Bruins -300 (bet $300 to win $100) | Sabres +240 (bet $100 to win $240)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Bruins -1.5 (-110) | Sabres +1.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: +105 | U: -125)

Bruins at Sabres: Projected starting goalies

Tuuka Rask (10-4-2, .910 SV%, 2.36 GAA) vs. Dustin Tokarski (2-5-2, .914 SV%, 3.15 GAA)

Rask is 2-0 with 52 saves on a total of 56 shots faced since returning to the lineup Thursday. He has been slightly worse on the road than at home this season with a 5-3-1 record, .901 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average through nine games as a visitor. He hasn’t faced Buffalo in 2021.

Tokarski continues to get an extended run in net with Linus Ullmark in and out of the lineup and Carter Hutton still sidelined by injury. The 31-year-old was in net for both wins over the Caps and Pens with a total of 61 saves on 65 shots.

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Bruins at Sabres: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Bruins 5, Sabres 2

Money line (ML)

The Bruins (-300) are really hitting their stride entering the stretch run of the regular season. Hall has 2 goals and 1 assist in four games with Boston to match his goal total from his disappointing 37-game run with Buffalo.

Boston has the edge in all facets of this game and especially in net, but a -300 price point always draws a PASS when betting a regular-season hockey game. Look to the spread.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The last two games of the season series have been tight, but Boston is coming off three much more impressive wins against quality opponents in the Caps and New York Islanders. The Bruins outscored the opposition 13-4 in those three games.

Boston will be a dangerous four-seed in the playoffs. Back the BRUINS -2.5 (+155) on the alternate puck line for maximum profit in a 3-goal margin of victory.

Over/Under (O/U)

Following suit of the expected offensive outburst for the Bruins, OVER 5.5 (+105) is the play. We won’t need much output from the Sabres.

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