|1.5 BUF (100) @ bet365|
ASA NHL TOP PLAY ON 10* Buffalo Sabres Puck Line (+1.5 goals) over Boston Bruins, Thursday at 7:05 PM ET - The Sabres have lost all four meetings with the Bruins this season. However, 2 of the 4 games have been 1-goal losses and this is an interesting match-up. Buffalo cleaned house not too long ago and they are still fighting hard. Taking a look at their last 14 games, only 2 were losses by more than a goal. That's right, if you took the Sabres at 1.5 goals in each of their last 14 games you would have a 12-2 record! Buffalo is still competing and they are out for revenge for a season-long beating they have been taking at the hands of Boston. The Sabres seemed to be headed for disaster with Hutton out and then Ullmark getting hurt. However, Dustin Tokarski has really stepped up in goal for Buffalo and has allowed just 2.2 goals in his last 5 starts. The Sabres confidence is growing as they have had 7 straight strong performances against quality opposition. Only 1 of the 7 was a 2-goal loss and that was against Boston Tuesday in a 2-0 final where the Sabres arguably deserved better. Jeremy Swayman will start for Boston here and he has made only 5 NHL starts. He has played very well yet is still very inexperienced at this level. Also, he has allowed at least 2 goals in each of his 3 road starts. Considering that as well as Tokarski's success between the pipes for Buffalo, it is hard to envision the Bruins getting much of a margin, if any, in this one! Grabbing the 1.5 goals (at a very fair price currently in the -105 range) with home dog Buffalo is the value play here.