Sabres vs. Rangers Friday Prediction
The bottom has fallen out on the Sabres, who will be in New York on Friday night when they visit the Rangers at 7:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 6.5, can these two teams get over that number tonight?
057 Buffalo Sabres (+155) at 058 New York Rangers (-175); o/u 6.5
7:00 p.m. ET, Friday, February 7, 2020
Madison Square Garden
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Public Betting Information
Our NHL Public Betting Information page shows that 74% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rangers to win on the money line.
Buffalo Sabres Fantasy Spin
Jonas Johansson turned aside 18 of 21 shots in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Johansson gave up two goals to Dylan Larkin in the first period, but his team battled back to tie the game twice in the third period. He also gave up two goals in the shootout to take the loss in his first NHL start.
New York Rangers Fantasy Spin
Igor Shesterkin stopped 27 of 30 shots in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 24-year-old has looked solid during a small sample size in the NHL. He’s now just the second Rangers goaltender ever to collect a win in four of his first appearances (Cam Talbot was the other one). The rookie has a 4-1-0 record with a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage this season. He has a bright future ahead of him, but his fantasy stock this season will be limited because the Rangers are using three goalies.
The Sabres are 0-4 in their last four games in New York and have dropped 20 of their last 26 games at Madison Square Garden.
The favorite is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams while the home side is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
The over is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams in New York, is 7-3 in the Sabres’ last 10 games versus Metropolitan opponents and is 3-1-1 in Buffalo’s last five games in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. On the other side, the over is 10-1-1 in the Rangers’ last 12 games playing on one day of rest, is 9-2-1 in their last 12 home games and is 15-5-2 in their last 22 games overall.
Friday NHL Prediction: Sabres/Rangers OVER 6.5