When: 6:00 PM EST, February 2, 2021
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Puckline: Sabres +1.5 / -220 | Islanders -1.5 / +180
Moneyline: Sabres +115 | Islanders -135
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 5.5
Road Record: 1-3-0-0
New York Islanders
Home Record: 2-0-0-0
Buffalo Sabres Vs New York Islanders Game Day Preview
The New York Islanders are playing at home after going winless during a five-game road trip. The will battle and up and down Buffalo Sabres team.
Both teams were off Monday after losing Sunday. The Islanders concluded their road trip with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and the Sabres fell to the visiting New Jersey Devils, 5-3.
The Buffalo Sabres are a team searching for some consistency. The loss to the Devils snapped a five-game point streak for the Sabres. Over the past five games Buffalo is 3-0-2.
On Sunday, the Sabres fell behind 2-0 by giving up first- and last-minute goals in the first period. Goals late in the second by Curtis Lazar and Rasmus Dahlin had Buffalo on the verge of hitting the intermission in a tie game, but Miles Wood scored for the Devils by putting back his own rebound with a second left in the period.
The Sabres tied the score again when Rasmus Ristolainen scored on the power play 3:53 into the third before Michael McLeod put the Devils ahead for good just beyond the midway point.
“I don’t think we were working smart within the framework we want to work in,” Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said. “I wouldn’t say we didn’t work. The guys worked hard to get us back from down (2-0) and then down 3-2 again with the late, painful goal.”
New York Islanders
Getting a point on Sunday provided to be a positive sign for the New York Islanders. The team managed to double their point total for the trip by overcoming a two-goal third period deficit to force overtime.
“We’re sitting there after two periods and (with) the way the week has gone, we could’ve just said ‘Let’s get out of here’ and give up,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said. “We didn’t. We battled back. I thought they uplifted each other. The feeling was we were going to get two points.”
Still, an 0-3-2 trip put the Islanders into an early hole. They are seventh in the East Division, three points behind the fourth-place Pittsburgh Penguins. They need to begin playing complete games now. New York squandered a three-goal lead in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday and had to overcome a multi-goal deficit to force overtime in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Flyers.
“When we’re successful, we see how we’re playing well and we need to translate that to a full 60 minutes,” Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy said Sunday night.
Sabres Vs Islanders Facts
- Sabres are 2-10 in their last 12 games as an underdog.
- Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
- Sabres are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Buffalo Sabres Vs New York Islanders Alternative Fantasy Hockey-Statement Games Picks
Sabres 1 Islanders 4
10 PT Pick: Nick Leddy & Ryan Pulock OVER 0.5 Combined PTS
9 PT Pick: Buffalo Sabres UNDER 32.5 Shots
8 PT Pick: New York Islanders Will WIN By OVER 1.5 Goals