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How To bet On Islanders Sabres – Will Sabres Use Its New Lease On Life?

Posted by Don Melrose on 2/21/2013 6:32:28 PM

New York Islanders @ Buffalo Sabres – Saturday February 23, 2013 7:00PM EST

This will not be the first game that the Buffalo Sabres will play without head coach Lindy Ruff behind the bench since 1997, it will be the second game. The online betting experts are still divided on whether or not getting rid of Ruff was a good idea. On the one hand, he has led the team to four conference finals appearance in his 16 years with the team. On the other hand, 16 years is a long time to be in the same city and not win a championship. Professional sports is fickle and results are expected almost immediately. After five consecutive years of frustration in Buffalo, it was time for a move.

The New York Islanders are not changing its head coach. The sports betting experts on Long Island are more concerned about the Islanders’ inability to find a good starting goaltender. Rick DiPietro seemed to go downhill as soon as he signed the longest-tenured contract in NHL history. The Islanders brought in Evgeni Nabokov to be the starter, but he has done nothing but struggle since he arrived on Long Island. The team can definitely score goals, but it is going to need to learn defense before it can start winning games.

Why the Sabres Will Win

The sportsbook experts agree that there is too much talent in Buffalo for the team to be in constant peril of missing the playoffs. Interim head coach Ron Rolston knows many of these Sabres’ players because he coached them for the team’s farm club in Rochester. But it is the veterans on the team that need to start playing better if this team is going to win. The impatient fans in Buffalo may not see the results of the Ruff firing this season, but it should help to make the team better.

Why the Islanders Will Win

If the New York Islanders can get the Buffalo Sabres into a shootout situation, then the Islanders has a chance at winning this game. The Sabres cannot skate with the Islanders, but Buffalo can put pucks behind whichever Islanders’ goalie is in net. The Islanders need to put persistent pressure on the Buffalo net and keep the Sabres away from the Long Island net if it wants to come away from this game with the win.

The Bottom Line

At this point, the Sabres’ players are angry at the fans and the fans are angry at the team. The firing of Lindy Ruff was an unfortunate casualty of the crossfire between the fans and the players. Hopefully, the fans and players can work together to get the team a win over the Islanders. If the Sabres is going to pull itself out of the Northeastern Division basement, it will need all of the help that it can get.

Pick: Buffalo Sabres

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