Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils - 4/1/14
New Jersey Devils (31-28-15) at Buffalo Sabres (20-45-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +143 / New Jersey Devils -157 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Devils look to continue their playoff push in Buffalo on Tuesday night while the home side plays out the string of a disappointing campaign.
The New Jersey Devils improbably still have a chance at qualifying for the Eastern Conference playoffs as they sit just three points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets heading into action on Tuesday night and are heavy favourites against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. New Jersey has undergone a massive overhaul over the last couple of seasons and things don’t appear to be changing anytime soon as it is highly probable that the team’s best player in franchise history and one of the best goalies of all time in Martin Brodeur will be leaving in July. The Devils veteran cage dweller is frustrated with his playing time this season as Corey Schneider has taken over the starter’s duty and it will be the former Canucks goalie getting the call once again in this one much to the chagrin of Brodeur. The Devils are coming off a huge win last night over the Panthers and will look to keep the momentum going at the First Niagara Centre on Tuesday night.
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The Sabres’ dreadful season draws near a close on Tuesday as they host the desperate New Jersey Devils but the home side will look to relish in the spoiler role as they have done for the majority of the season. Buffalo is ages away from returning to respectability but with some stability finally gaining ground in the front office the team can begin their quest at returning to the playoffs as early as next season. The Sabres sit dead last in the league standings and it is almost certain they will draft with the first overall selection in the 2014 draft in late June. Matt Hackett is slated to get the call here for the Sabres in goal which gives a pretty decisive edge to the visitors as Corey Schneider has proven he can win games in this league and with the Devils looking to make the playoffs I expect they’ll be playing with maximal effort down the stretch. I like New Jersey on the road here and I think they can get it done in regulation.