Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils - 3/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New Jersey Devils (8-13-4) vs Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -124 / Buffalo Sabres +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap an 11-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Jack Eichel has 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 29 goals on 272 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 28 goals on 344 shots.
The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with eight goals, Ty Smith has 11 assists and Jack Hughes has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 70.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 43 goals on 428 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 21 goals on 245 shots.
The Sabres are 41-100 in their last 141 games playing on 0 days rest and 18-57 in their last 75 road games. The Devils are 18-39 in their last 57 home games and 2-12 in their last 14 overall. The over is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The under is 10-4 in Devils last 14 home games. The Sabres are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
This is an absolute brutal matchup and you shouldn't be running to the window to back either of these teams. The Buffalo Sabres are probably the better team on paper and they've won three of the five meetings this season against the Devils. However, I'm not backing a Sabres team on the end of a back to back that's riding an 11-game losing streak. The New Jersey Devils are rested, at home and have had recent success in the favorite role, winning six of their last eight tries. It's Devils or pass for me.