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Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres - 4/4/14

Buffalo Sabres (21-45-9) at Detroit Red Wings (36-26-14)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings -265 / Buffalo Sabres +239 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

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The Sabres look to spoil the party at the Joe on Friday night while the home town Red Wings aim to close in on a playoff spot.

The Sabres played one of their best games of the season last night in St. Louis and while there was the expectation of some added motivation of playing against former goaltender Ryan Miller the Blues opted to go with Brian Elliott instead. Nonetheless, the Sabres played extremely well in what has been an otherwise very disappointing season and they’ll look to show up once again on Friday night in Detroit against the Red Wings. Buffalo hasn’t had a strong year by any means and will likely land the top overall draft pick in late June but I don’t think they are too far off from being competitive once again and if they can emulate the Red Wings’ model of developing players in the AHL and bringing them up when they’re ready than they too could be a playoff contender as early as next season. As for tonight, the Sabres will be in tough as the Wings have been playing very well of late and face another must win situation as the regular season draws near a close.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres - 4/4/14

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The Red Wings have really turned it on of late as they have won three games in a row and hold on to the seven seed in the Eastern Conference heading into action tonight. Detroit holds a two point edge over the ninth place Maple Leafs but also have two games in hand on their Winter Classic foes which should be enough for them to lock in one of the wild card spots and set up a playoff matchup with either the Penguins or the Bruins. Detroit has a 22-year playoff streak on the line and while it may not be as important to the Red Wings’ players or management you can bet they wouldn’t want to be the team to break the streak and whether that is being used as added motivation or not we may never know but whatever is working for Detroit right now they should keep up. There isn’t much to go into with this game as I think the Red Wings blow the Sabres out of the water in what is a very chalky line that will inly be profitable on the puck line or as a part of a parlay.

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Detroit Red Wings -1.5

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