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NEW YORK ISLANDERS BUFFALO SABRES
11-13-5 December 16, 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center 11-11-6

When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 16, 2016
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New York), MSG-B (Buffalo)

Team/  Live in game Betting at Spread Money Line Total
New York Islanders +1.5 -230 +140 5.5 +120
Buffalo Sabres -1.5 +190 -160 5.5 -140
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The fans at KeyBank Center will be treated to a game between the New York Islanders and the Buffalo Sabres when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (11-13-5): New York had been better defensively during their point streak, allowing 12 goals in six games, but surrendered 15 in the past three contests. Thomas Greiss was in net against Chicago and that could give Friday’s start to Jaroslav Halak, who is 7-2-0 lifetime against the Sabres but has yielded 16 goals in his last four outings overall. Captain John Tavares notched an assist Thursday to push his team-leading total to 23 points — his sixth point in seven games this month — and center Casey Cizikas recorded his first goal in December.

ABOUT THE SABRES (11-11-6): Zach Bogosian, who has been out since Nov. 1 with a sprained MCL, and fellow defenseman Taylor Fedun (shoulder) are skating with the team and could return as early as Friday. That should help a defense that has yielded at least three goals in seven of the last eight games while Buffalo’s offense has been ignited by the return of the 20-year-old Eichel. Kyle Okposo, who faces his former team for the first time, leads the team in goals (nine) and points (21) while defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen boasts a team-high 18 assists.

currently has the Sabres listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Islanders, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.

The Buffalo Sabres play eight games in the final 16 days of the calendar year — all against teams they are battling in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race. Buffalo looks to start that important stretch the right way and move over .500 for the first time since Nov. 5 when it hosts the inconsistent New York Islanders on Friday night.

“It’s important that we start rattling wins off,” Sabres center Jack Eichel, who has eight points in seven games since returning from an ankle injury, told the Buffalo News. “It seems like every other team’s doing it right now, so we’ve got to stay in the hunt.” The Sabres won two of three last season — both on the road — against the Islanders, who need a win badly to pull out of another tailspin. New York had put together a 5-0-1 run to climb over .500 for the first time this season, but has since lost three straight after coughing up an early two-goal lead in a 5-4 setback against Chicago at home Thursday. Anders Lee netted his eighth goal in the last 11 contests and fellow forward Ryan Strome snapped a 20-game goal drought for the Islanders, who also host Buffalo on Dec. 23.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +113 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 5-4 loser at home against the Blackhawks. Bettors on Chicago at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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New York:
Team record: 11-13-5 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
NY Islanders is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders’s last 6 games
NY Islanders is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Buffalo:
Team record: 11-11-6 SU
Buffalo is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 5 games when playing NY Islanders

Next up:
New York home to Ottawa Sunday, December 18
Buffalo at Carolina Saturday, December 17.

ICE NEWS
1. The Sabres stood fourth in power-play percentage (22.6) and 29th in penalty killing (74.2) entering Thursday’s games.

2. Big-ticket free agent F Andrew Ladd has registered two of his four goals in the last five games for the Islanders.

3. Buffalo G Robin Lehner has started the last two games and is 2-1-2 with a .924 save percentage all time versus the Islanders.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksBuffalo Sabres will win outright at -160 and the game will go over 5.5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Sabres 4, Islanders 3 at gtbets-sportsbook.

SMART CHART
NYI TEAM BUF
2.66 GOALS 2.21
2.63 GA 2.68
12.50 PP% 22.58
84.48 PK% 74.16
29.31 SHOTS OFF 29.64
30.43 SHOTS DEF 32.29
0.02 GOAL DIFF -0.46
INJURIES
NEW YORK
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BUFFALO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
NEW YORK
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 6 games
NY Islanders are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
NY Islanders are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 8 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
NY Islanders are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
BUFFALO
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 5 games when playing NY Islanders
Buffalo is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 8 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Islanders Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.7 16 2.7 10
Islanders Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.8 10 2.7 10
Islanders Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.7 16 2.7 16
Islanders Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.8 10 2.7 16
Islanders Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.6 16 2.7 19
Islanders Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.1 28 2.7 19
Islanders Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.6 16 2.5 17
Islanders Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.1 28 2.5 17
Islanders Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 16.1 19 75.7 27
Islanders Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 17.3 19 75.7 27
Islanders Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 16.1 19 84.3 8
Islanders Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 17.3 19 84.3 8
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Islanders Overall Defense 2.5 26 3.1 26
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Islanders Overall Defense 2.5 26 2.6 13
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Islanders Overall Defense 2.2 30 3.1 26
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Islanders Overall Defense 2.2 30 2.6 13
Sabres Home Scoring vs Islanders Road Defense 2.4 28 3.3 26
Sabres Home Scoring vs Islanders Road Defense 2.4 28 2.8 14
Sabres Home Scoring vs Islanders Road Defense 2.1 30 3.3 26
Sabres Home Scoring vs Islanders Road Defense 2.1 30 2.8 14
Sabres Home PP vs Islanders Road PK 24.0 5 83.6 6
Sabres Home PP vs Islanders Road PK 24.0 5 82.9 13
Sabres Home PP vs Islanders Road PK 20.0 12 83.6 6
Sabres Home PP vs Islanders Road PK 20.0 12 82.9 13
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NEW YORK
New York has the fewest power play chances in the league with just 2.8 per game.
New York is last in the league scoring power play goals with 0.3 per game.
New York has the second worst power play in the league at 12.5%.
New York is second worst in shots against in the league at 32.6 per game.
BUFFALO
Buffalo is the worst offensive team in the league averaging just 2.2 goals per game.
Buffalo is third on the power play in the league at 22.6%.
Buffalo allows the second most power play goals in the league with 0.8 per game.
Buffalo has the second worst penalty killing in the league at 74.2%.

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