Devils vs. Sabres - 4/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (33-35-11) at New Jersey Devils (37-34-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, MSG+
The Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
The Buffalo Sabres look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 23 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 38 assists and Sam Reinhart has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 101 goals on 1,251 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 634 shots. Johnson has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 29 goals, Adam Henrique has 20 assists and Travis Zajac has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 119 goals on 1,560 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 55 goals on 584 shots. Schneider has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 31-82 in their last 113 road games. The Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Sabres are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Sabres are actually playing decent hockey within the last week or so, which includes beating teams on the same level as them. However, the Devils have had the Sabres number as of late and have an extended rest since their last game. I'm siding with the home team.