- Islanders, Sabres Mired by Losing Skids
- Islanders Having Trouble Lighting the Lamp
- Buffalo’s Struggles at Defensive End
- Islanders vs Sabres Game Injuries
- Islanders vs Sabres Head-to-Head
- Islanders vs Sabres Game Information
- Islanders vs Sabres Betting Lines
- Islanders vs Sabres Picks & Prediction
- Islanders vs Sabres Trends
- Islanders vs Sabres Edge
- Islanders vs Sabres Results
- Islanders vs Sabres Game Summary
Islanders, Sabres Mired by Losing Skids
The New York Islanders suffered yet another loss on Wednesday when they fell to the blazing-hot Boston Bruins. It was their second straight defeat and their sixth out of their last seven games.
It’s been a tough journey for them lately and those who have backed them in the sportsbook recently have to be pretty disappointed.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres have also lost two straight games and five of their last six coming into this one. That makes the choice for your NHL picks here quite tricky. Let’s take a closer look at this showdown and see what’s the best option versus the NHL betting odds.
Islanders Having Trouble Lighting the Lamp
Whether under Barry Trotz or now under Lane Lambert, the biggest challenge for New York is its offense. Out of its last seven games, it was held to one goal or less in four of them.
In fact, the Rangers have only been able to score over two goals once in these games. Simply put, this offense hasn’t gotten anywhere as of late. We know they have the defense, but when they’re not winning, it’s because they’re not doing enough offensively.
Look for Mathew Barzal to play a factor in their potential turnaround. He currently leads the team with 41 points on the season but is nowhere to be found recently.
He hasn’t been able to register a single point since January 5th, making it five games now since he’s gotten on the board.
Buffalo’s Struggles at Defensive End
The Sabres are heading in the opposite direction of the Islanders when it comes to their recent skid. Their offense is strong; it’s the defense that can’t hang.
In their past five losses, they have allowed four goals in each of them. Even the one game they were able to win against the Predators on Jan. 14 saw them surrender three goals in the process.
Three goalies have been able to start at least 12 games for Buffalo, but none have really shined. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stepped up in December with a solid .908 save percentage, but he’s at .898 in January.
He’s allowed at least three goals in eight straight, so those who bet online might want to consider the over here.
Islanders vs Sabres Game Injuries
Islanders vs Sabres Head-to-Head
The last time these teams met up was in April 2022, with the Sabres winning 5-3.
Islanders vs Sabres Game Information
- Game: Islanders (23-19-4) vs Sabres (21-19-3)
- Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, Jan. 19th, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Islanders vs Sabres Live Stream: NHL.TV
Islanders vs Sabres Betting Lines
Islanders vs Sabres Picks & Prediction
This is a matchup of two teams that have a lot of trouble getting into the win column of late. It’s challenging to sort out a pick on the side as the Sabres struggle with defense while the Isles struggle with offense.
However, the total for this matchup is set at six goals, something that could easily hit the under. New York has struggled to score while the Sabres have had trouble playing defense, so maybe this is a spot where the Sabres’ defense looks good.
Six of the last seven Isles games have seen six goals or less, with the only over being a seven-goal result. Go under the number.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Sabres a 55.56% chance to win, with the Islanders at 48.78%.