Sabres vs Devils Prediction - NHL Picks 11/25/23

New Jersey Devils (8-9-1) vs Buffalo Sabres (9-9-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -162 / Buffalo Sabres +134 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres will play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Buffalo has won two of their last three games, while New Jersey has lost six of their last seven. Make sure to read our Sabres vs Devils Prediction.

Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres are 9-9-2 this season after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Buffalo trailed 2-0 in the third period, but they scored the last three goals in the game for the win. The Sabres out shot Pittsburgh by a total of 34-33 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Buffalo has lost four of their last six games and they have scored three goals or fewer in all six games. Buffalo is scoring 2.84 goals per game and they are allowing 3.21 goals against per game, while going 12.7% on the power play and 85.7% on the penalty kill. Rasmus Dahlin has led the Sabres with four goals, 12 assists, and 46 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Buffalo is Devon Levi, who is 3-4-1 this year with a 3.66 goals against average and a .879 save percentage. 

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Devils Preview

The New Jersey Devils are 8-9-1 this year after they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 2-1 in their last game. New Jersey scored to tie the game at one in the first period, but they couldn’t find any more offense in the game for the loss. The Devils out shot Columbus by a total of 38-28 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New Jersey’s only win in their last seven games came against Pittsburgh by a score of 5-2. The Devils are scoring 3.47 goals per game and they are allowing 3.82 goals against per game, while going 37.7% on the power play and 77% on the penalty kill. Jesper Bratt has led the Devils with eight goals, 15 assists, and 43 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New Jersey is Vitek Vanecek, who is 7-5-0 this year with a 3.43 goals against average and a .886 save percentage. 

New Jersey Devils Team Facts

  • The Devils have lost each of their last four games as favorites against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Devils have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last 10 games at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils have won the third period in six of their last seven night games against the Sabres following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Devils' last nine games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.

Buffalo Sabres Team Facts

  • The Sabres have lost eight of their last nine games following a win.
  • The Sabres have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games at Prudential Center.
  • The Sabres have lost the second period in five of their last six games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Sabres' last 11 games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Hughes has scored at least one goal in each of his last six appearances with the Devils as favorites against the Sabres.
  • Timo Meier has recorded at least one point in each of his five previous appearances with his team as a home favorite against the Sabres.
  • Jack Hughes has recorded at least one assist in four of the Devils' last five games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Erik Haula has scored two goals against the Sabres this season - most against any opponent.

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Tuch has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Alex Tuch has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Sabres' last four games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded two blocks against the Devils this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).
  • The New Jersey Devils ranks 2nd in the league for power play goals this season (23).
  • The Buffalo Sabres ranks 25th in the league in power play percentage this season (13.56%).
  • The Buffalo Sabres ranks 29th in the league for shots per game this season (28.6).

Sabres vs Devils Prediction Breakdown

New Jersey comes into this game as a decent sized favorite, but they have lost six of their last seven games. The Devils have only scored four goals in their last three games, while they have allowed 11 goals in that span. Buffalo hasn’t played very well over the last two weeks, but they have won two of their last three games. Neither team has been very good at scoring goals recently, so I like the under in this matchup. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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