Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 30, 2021

Boston has a chance to gain even more ground in the East Division, as they'll finish a two-game home set against Buffalo on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins have won six of seven games between these teams this season, including a 5-2 win on Thursday.

Buffalo
15-34-4-3
AT
May 01, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
33-16-5-2
Puckline +1.5 +110
Moneyline +296
Over / Under o +5.5

8%

Betting Action

92%

Puckline -1.5 -132
Moneyline -362
Over / Under u +5.5

8%

Betting Action

92%

The first NHL game of the final month of the regular season features the Buffalo Sabres visiting the Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee. The Bruins are heavy favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Sabres vs. Bruins Betting Analysis

Buffalo fired their head coach several weeks ago and they’ve been a huge disappointment as perhaps the worst team in the NHL – there’s too much talent for this club to be that bad. The Sabres will miss the playoffs for a 10th straight season.

Expect many changes in the off-season, including the possible trade of presumed franchise player Jack Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (that worked out pretty well). Eichel is out for the season and wasn’t great in the 11 games he played. Buffalo will have to take pennies on the dollar in any trade, considering Eichel makes $10 million (US) per season through 2025-26. This writer does think Buffalo will be much better next season, and it’s quite possible that interim coach Don Granato gets the full-time job as the team has improved under his watch.

Boston, meanwhile, is still battling for a playoff berth – although it would be an upset if the Bruins don’t get one of the four spots in the East Division. The B’s haven’t missed out on extra hockey since 2016.

This concludes the season series between the teams with Boston leading 6-1. The under hit in the first four but the over has hit in the past three.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo dropped its third game in a row Thursday, all on the road by multiple goals, 5-2 in Boston. You don’t want to say a team has quit, but it sure looks like the Sabres players are already making golf plans. Casey Mittlelstadt (10th of season) and Sam Reinhart (23rd) had the Buffalo goals. Reinhart has been a major bright spot as he leads the team in goals and points and has a four-game goal scoring streak. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen allowed four goals on 39 shots. The Sabres are letting the 22-year-old learn on the job, and he’s the fifth netminder the team has used this season. The Finn, a 2017 second-round pick, is 1-2-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Boston Bruins

Boston enters play Saturday one point behind the Islanders for third in the East Division but also just six points ahead of the fifth-place Rangers – only the top four teams in each division play extra hockey. The Bruins returned from a five-game road trip Thursday with that 5-2 win over Buffalo. The game was tied 2-2 about eight minutes into the third period before Boston scored three unanswered goals. The finale was a short-handed marker by Brad Marchand, his 27th goal of the season.  It was also his fourth short-handed this year, which is tied for the league lead. David Pastrnak’s 19th goal opened the game’s scoring. It was his 23rd game-opening goal since 2019-20, 11 more than the next closest player.

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