New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres - 2/25/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (6-8-2) vs New Jersey Devils (6-6-2)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -115 / New Jersey Devils -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to Buffalo last time out. Jack Hughes leads the Devils in scoring with 11 points coming on 4 goals and 7 assists while Pavel Zacha and Kyle Palmieri each have 9 points with Zacha putting up 4 goals and 5 assists while Palmieri has 3 goals and 6 assists. Myles Wood and Ty Smith each have 8 points with Wood logging a team-high 5 goals while Smith has 6 assists. Damon Severson has 6 assists as well with 7 points. MacKenzie Blackwood has 4 wins and a 2.25 GAA in 7 appearances while Scott Wedgewood has a shutout and a 2.80 GAA in his 5 starts.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to build off of their win over the Devils last time out. Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each have 14 points with 12 assists while Olofsson has 7 goals and 7 assists. Sam Reinhart has 13 points with 6 goals and 7 assists and Taylor Hall has 11 points with 10 assists this season. Linus Ullmark continues to start the majority of Buffalo’s games in goal, going 5-5 with a 2.51 GAA this year.
New Jersey is 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 day’s rest and 21-47 in their last 68 Thursday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Buffalo is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games following a win. New Jersey is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the Devils have one of the brighter young cores in the league with Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes and MacKenzie Blackwood, but the Devils have just had issues putting it all together lately and the Sabres have been on the other side reaping the benefits recently. Now the Sabres go back home for this matchup where they’ve been a better team over the years and I just think the Sabres may have New Jersey’s number here so I’ll lay the juice with the Sabres here.