Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins Preview (12/29/19)

The Buffalo Sabres will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston. The Sabres will be looking to end a two-game skid after losing 0-3 at home against the Bruins on Friday. Boston will be looking to make it three wins in a row after beating the Sabres in Buffalo.

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are now 17-15-7 on the season following the 0-3 loss at home against Boston. Carter Hutton is projected to be defending the net for Buffalo on Sunday. Hutton carries a record of 6-6-4 on the season to go with a 3.23 ga/avg and a .894 save percentage.

The Sabres have been good for an average of 2.92 goals per game this season while giving up 3.10 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 30.7 shots per game while allowing 31.8 on the defensive end of the ice. Buffalo has scored 22 power-play goals for an 18.6 conversion rate to go with a 74.8 penalty kill percentage.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins are now 23-7-9 following the 3-0 win against the Sabres in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask is projected to be between the pipes in this one. Rask has a 14-4-5 record this year with a 2.32 ga/avg and a .923 save percentage.

In their previous matchup, Boston was outshot 25-26 in the game while winning 30 of 53 faceoffs. The Bruins were able to score a goal on one of their four power-play opportunities while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 15 blocked shots and four takeaways in the game.

Boston has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 3.41 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.44 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 31.3 shots per game while allowing 30.8 on the defensive end of the ice. The Bruins have 33 power-play goals this season for a 26.4 conversion rate to go with an 84.3 penalty kill percentage.

Previous 10 games head-to-head

The Bruins have gotten the best of Buffalo in their previous 10 meetings with a record of 6-3-1. The over/under has gone 3-7 throughout the stretch. Boston has been able to put the puck in the net for an average of 2.70 goals a night during the 10-game span while giving up an average of 2.20 to the Sabres.

The Bruins will take the ice as -230 favorites with the Sabres skating in as 192 underdogs. The total is sitting at five and a half on the game.

The total has stayed under in four of the Sabres’ previous six games.

The Sabres are 1-5 in their previous six games.

The Sabres are 1-8 in their previous nine games on the road.

The Bruins are 3-8 in their previous 11 games.

The Bruins are 1-5 in their previous six games at home.

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