Sabres vs Senators Prediction - NHL Picks 12/31/23

Ottawa Senators (13-17) vs Buffalo Sabres (14-18-4)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 6:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -150 / Buffalo Sabres +125 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing 5 of their last 8 games. The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing 7 of their last 9 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators prediction.

Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview

The Buffalo Sabres rebounded from losses to the Rangers and Bruins with a win over the Blue Jackets. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.97 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 15 goals, Casey Mittlelstadt has 21 assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.41 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Devon Levi has given up 49 goals on 442 shots faced, while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has allowed 51 goals on 474 shots.

Buffalo Sabres Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Tuch has scored at least one goal in six of his last seven appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Alex Tuch has recorded at least one point in 11 of his last 12 appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Connor Clifton has recorded at least one assist in three of the Sabres' last four games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Tage Thompson has scored two goals against the Senators this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Ottawa Senators Betting Preview

The Ottawa Senators beat the Penguins and Maple Leafs this week, but they just lost to the Devils. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.39 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Tim Stutzle has 26 assists and Drake Batherson has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.58 goals per game and are killing 71.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 37 goals on 301 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 72 goals on 652 shots.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Brady Tkachuk has scored at least one goal in four of the Senators' last five games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Drake Batherson has recorded at least one point in each of the Senators' last six games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Mathieu Joseph has recorded an assist in each of the Senators' last four games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Erik Brannstrom has recorded two hits against the Sabres this season - most against any opponent.

Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators prediction

I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams that are piling up the losses. With that said, the Ottawa Senators are at home, and they've won 6 of the last 10 meetings against the Sabres. Those things have to count for something. The Senators have also seen 9 of their 13 wins this season come on their home ice. Give me the Senators and the somewhat cheap price if I have to bet this hockey game.

Randy’s Pick Ottawa Senators -150

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