Sabres vs. Red Wings - 1/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (23-15-8) at Buffalo Sabres (19-24-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, MSGB
The Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres square off Friday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Detroit Red Wings look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 14 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 23 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Petr Mrazek has allowed 62 goals on 894 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has given up 45 goals on 496 shots. Mrazek has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power plays. Ryan O'Reilly leads Buffalo with 17 goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has 23 assists and Jack Eichel has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 63 goals on 789 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 27-57 in their last 84 home games and 5-16 in their last 21 Friday games. The Red Wings are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and 25-5-1 in the last 31 meetings overall.
The Red Wings have beaten the Sabres in 25 of the last 31 meetings. That's more than good enough to back the road team here. Not to mention the Sabres are just downright awful pretty much whenever they play an above-average team.