Rangers vs Buffalo: prediction for the NHL fixture
The New York Rangers go against the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League on November 22. We made predictions for this game, which you can find below.
New York Rangers
The Rangers are on the fifth line of the Eastern Conference table with 23 points. The team shows decent results this season, and after experimenting with a different style of play, they returned to open hockey. The Rangers beat New Jersey (4:3 SO) and Montreal (3:2) at home, but lost at Toronto with a score of 1:2.
Gerard Galland's team lost only one home game in regulation, having scored on average three goals per game. The top scorers for the Rangers are Fox, Kreider, Panarin and Zibanejad, each of them has already chalked up more than 13 points.
Buffalo cannot develop a winning streak and keep alternating between victories and defeats. The team is currently 13th in the East and is likely to not make the playoffs this season. Don Granato doesn't have a very powerful roster, and it is hard for the Sabres to compete with the top teams.
Nevertheless, the Sabres managed to beat Edmonton (3:2) and Pittsburgh (2:1). They also suffered a defeat to Toronto (4:5) and were crushed by Calgary (0:5). This was the first time in the season when the Sabres didn't score a single goal. Buffalo are not a very strong away team; they won only two out of seven away games so far.
On average, Buffalo concede more than 3 goals away.
In 3 head-to-head games out of 5, more than one goal was scored in the second period.
The Rangers are a better team on paper, plus they had extra rest and are coming into this game fresh. The Sabres are weaker away from home, so we predict an easy victory for the hosts.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1.5) to Rangers
Prediction: Handicap (-1.5) to Rangers
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Buffalo's matches are often high-scoring, because they concede a lot, but at the same time are good at using their chances. We suggest betting on the total over.
Second prediction -total over 5.5 goals