Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (0-1) at Buffalo Sabres (1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -130 / New Jersey Devils +118 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for a bounce back performance after losing last night to the Winnipeg Jets. The New Jersey Devils are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Blake Coleman leads New Jersey with two goals, Taylor Hall has one assist and Nikita Gusev has four shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing five goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up two goals on 21 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed two goals on nine shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Sheary leads Buffalo with two goals, Casey Mittelstadt has two assists and Rasmus Ristolainen has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing one goal per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up one goal on 29 shots faced. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or less goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Devils are 12-26 in their last 38 overall, 18-42 in their last 60 games as a road underdog and 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Sabres are 17-41 in their last 58 overall, 6-21 in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 road games. The over is 4-0 in Sabres last 4 games as a home favorite. The under is 19-8-4 in the last 31 meetings in Buffalo.
The New Jersey Devils have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Buffalo Sabres and enter this season with serious expectations with the players returning and the guys they added throughout the offseason. Getting the Devils at plus money is hard to turn down given that they're probably the better team. However, the Sabres looked good in their season opener and they have a rest advantage over the Devils with New Jersey playing last night. It's not easy to get going on the end of a back-to-back this early in the season. I'll back the Sabres for a solid 2-0 start to the season.