Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Apr 25, 2021

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The Rangers come in as home faves for their seventh meeting of the season, but Buffalo has been a game opponent through the previous six encounters.

Buffalo
15-34-4-3
AT
April 25, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
27-23-4-2
Puckline +1.5 -103
Moneyline +241
Over / Under o +6

16%

Betting Action

84%

Puckline -1.5 -117
Moneyline -291
Over / Under u +6

16%

Betting Action

84%

The New York Rangers might be well ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the East Division standings, but the head-to-head matchup has been much more even than you might expect as the geographical rivals do battle Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden.

Sabres vs. Rangers 4/25/21 Betting Analysis

New York has left points on the table when facing Buffalo, and those transgressions might mean the difference between a postseason berth and a spot on the outside of the playoff race. The teams have gone 2-2-2 against one another this season, with those eight points representing nearly a quarter of Buffalo’s season total. And yet, Sports Interaction bettors are undeterred, with 82 percent of respondents siding with the home team Sunday.

The total for this one is set at 6, with the Over at -106 and the Under at -114. And 60 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are leaning toward the O6 despite a strong Under trend between these teams. The Sabres and Rangers have gone below the number in six of their previous seven head-to-head meetings, including a pair of 3-2 extra-time decisions the last time these teams met back at the beginning of April (with each team earning one win apiece).

Buffalo Sabres

With key players like Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo having already opted out of the rest of the season, the Sabres have relied on an unproven group of young skaters to help play out the string. One of the more impressive up-and-comers is rookie center Dylan Cozens, who is looking to finish the season on a positive note. The seventh overall pick in 2019 has 13 points in 33 games but has recorded a point in three of his previous four contests.

New York Rangers

The Rangers aren’t nearly as reliant on fresh-faced skaters as their Buffalo-based opponents, but they still have key rookies involved in their playoff push – none more notable than No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere. Despite a glacial start to his professional career, Lafreniere is looking more comfortable by the day and has recorded four goals and two assists in 13 April games despite averaging less ice time than any other month this season.

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