Boston wasted another opportunity of tying Montréal for the lead and although they have one gaming hand, the gap is three points wide. Defeating Buffalo away from home would keep them in contention and with the hosts being shorthanded, the Bruins have the perfect opportunity to end their losing streak.
Match: Buffalo vs Boston
Odds: Unibet 2.10
The Bruins lost three games out of the last four and conceded a total of 14 goals, a serious problem for a team that was propelled to the top of the standings by an airlock defense. Goalkeeping used to be their strong point, but Tuuka Rask conceded a high number of goals with most of them coming in power-play. If there is any reason for the visitors to be optimistic about their chances, then this has to do with the fact that Buffalo will be playing without some of its key forwards.
Thomas Vanek is day to day and although some speculate that he might feature tonight, coach Rolson would probably keep him on the bench to avoid another injury. There are many holes in the defense as well, with Jordan Leopold being the latest absentee and goalkeeper Ryan Miller will need to deflect the high number of shots coming his way. Buffalo took two out of three games this season and has an overall positive record against the Bruins, but past performance is a dangerous thing to dwell on.
Bookmakers are not impressed about the head to head record and Unibet favors Boston to win despite lacking home ice advantage. Odds of 2.10 are below average for teams playing away from home, but they are completely justified and punters have no reason to dismiss them due to lack of value.