Boston Bruins (-140) at the Winnipeg Jets (+129) Total: 5.5
The Boston Bruins, currently in second place in the Northeast division with 18 points, head into the MTS Centre on Sunday to take on the 5-7-0-1 Winnipeg Jets. Boston opened up a five game road trip with a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Friday, thanks to three third period goals by the Sabres. They have now lost two straight games after winning six of seven previously. The Bruins have scored 2.7 goals per game away from home in 2013 while giving up 2.2 goals to its opponents, enough to earn Boston a 4-1-1 record away from the The Garden. Boston is averaging 32.5 shots per game as visitors, and allowing 26.5 shots to its opponents. The Bruins have gone under in half of its games so far this year.
Winnipeg has struggled recently as well, losing for the third time in four games to Pittsburgh on Friday night. The Jets are 3-4-0 at home so far this year, scoring 2.6 goals a game while giving up 3 goals per game. They are averaging 27.6 shots on goal at home, with a 9% shot success rate. On defense, the Jets have allowed 26.4 shots on goal for a 11% shot success rate Winnipeg is 4-6-0 in its last 10 games, with a goal differential of -10 goals so far this season. Winnipeg has gone under in 6 of its 13 games in 2013. This will be the final game of a three game home stand for the Jets; next week Winnipeg will start a five game road trip with a game at Buffalo.
The Jets will be without defensiveman Toby Enstrom today, and are unsure how long his shoulder injury it will keep him out of the lineup.
“He has a shoulder issue that will put him out for a little while,” head coach Claude Noel said after Saturday’s practice at MTS Iceplex. Enstrom is expected to have an MRI on Sunday.
- Boston is 4-1 in their last five games.
- Winnipeg is 3-8 in its last 11 home games.
- The Jets are 16-45 in their last 61 games against a team with a winning percentage above 60%.
- Boston has gone over in 11 of its last 15 games against a team with a losing record.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Winnipeg’s last nine games against a team with a winning percentage above 60%.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-139) at the Buffalo Sabres (128) Total: 5.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins, 10-5-0-0 and in second place in the Atlantic division with 20 points, travel to Buffalo to face off against the Sabres on Sunday. The Penguins have scored 3.2 goals per game away from home in 2013 while giving up 2 goals to its opponents, enough to earn Pittsburgh a 7-2-0 record away from the Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh is averaging 29.9 shots per game as visitors, and allowing 29.4 shots to its opponents. Pittsburgh is 7-3-0 in its last ten games, thanks in large part to a strong defense that has allowed only 17 goals in the those ten games. The Penguins have gone over in 8 of its 15 games in 2013.
The Sabres hit a rough patch in January but have bounced back to win three of their last five games. A big part of the turnaround is the improved defense and goaltending. After yielding at least four goals in six straight games, the Sabres have allowed just 10 in the past four contests. Buffalo is 3-3-1 at home so far this year, scoring 3 goals a game while giving up 3.1 goals per game. They are averaging 32.3 shots on goal at home, with a 9% shot success rate. On defense, the Sabres have allowed 33 shots on goal for a 10% shot success rate Buffalo is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games, with a goal differential of -7 goals so far this season. The Sabres have gone over in 60% of its games in 2013.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
The Penguins are 39-13 in their last 52 vs. a team with a losing record.
Pittsburgh is 42-19 in their last 61 overall.
Pittsburgh is 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Sabres are 16-7 in their last 23 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Sabres are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Sabres are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo.
Pittsburgh is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Pittsburgh is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Buffalo.
Pick: Pittsburgh has owned Buffalo in recent years, and despite the stellar play from Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, I expect that trend to continue. Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 2.