Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (9-12-4) at Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -125 / New Jersey Devils +113 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: MSGB, MSG+
The New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New Jersey Devils look for a win after splitting their 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with nine goals, Taylor Hall has 17 assists and Blake Coleman has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 26 goals on 176 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 51 goals on 508 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 16 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 15 assists and Sam Reinhart has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 38 goals on 390 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 39 goals on 436 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Devils are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games, 21-44 in their last 65 games as an underdog and 16-40 in their last 56 road games. The Sabres are 18-39 in their last 57 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 17-36 in their last 53 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Devils last 5 overall. The under is 6-2 in Sabres last 8 home games. The Devils are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Buffalo and 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 19-9-4 in the last 32 meetings in Buffalo and nder is 31-14-6 in the last 51 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Sabres, so there's some value here with the plus money. Not to mention the Buffalo Sabres aren't the same team they were to start the season, as the losses continue to pile up and the defense is getting quite sloppy. With all that said, the New Jersey Devils are not good on the road to put it nicely and they provide very little value as a road underdog. The Buffalo Sabres have shown how good they can be, and they did beat these Devils 7-2 earlier in the season. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.