Sabres and Rangers Set to Go Under

Updated: December 12, 2009 at 1:24 am by Brock Seguin


Ryan Miller is the best goaltender in the NHL: 1.82 GAA, .938 SV%, and 4 shutouts – the best numbers for each stat category.  In away games on the year, Miller has been a lights out, 7-2 with a 1.63 GAA and a .948 SV%.

Henrik Lundqvist, despite a brief aberration that he seems to be over, has been a consistent producer for the Rangers this season.  He’s 6-6 with a 2.70 GAA and .910 SV% at home but has a 1.63 GAA over his last 3 starts.

The Rangers, in nearly a complete turn around from the beginning of the season, have played with a strict defensive focus over their last 3 games since getting embarrassed in 3 straight.  Unfortunately for New York, this focus on defense has resulted in a lack of goal scoring to the tune of averaging only 1.33 goals per game – only winning once.

Buffalo generally does not pot more goals than they need to and has averaged only 1.5 goals per game over their last 4 and surprisingly has won twice.  Buffalo is 1-3 when playing home-away back-to-back games this season and has only averaged 2 goals per game.

In their only meeting on the season, the Rangers upset the -165 favourite Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo.

Pick: Under 5.5 goals -140

Buffalo obviously has more offensive potential but it’s difficult to knock the Rangers’ top defensive play of late.