Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/30/21

Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/30/21 Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (3-3-1) at Buffalo Sabres (3-3-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres -162 / New Jersey Devils +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing three of their last four games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with three goals, Ty Smith has five assists and P.K. Subban has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 65.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed six goals on 115 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 11 goals on 110 shots.

The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with three goals, Jack Eichel has seven assists and Taylor Hall has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 69 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 13 goals on 153 shots.

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The Devils are 27-55 in their last 82 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The under is 13-5 in Devils last 18 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Sabres last 7 home games. The Devils are 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. The home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The New Jersey Devils can't get out of their own way right now and the offense isn't producing. The Buffalo Sabres are better than what they've shown up to this point, but at least they've been able to grind out wins here and there in the small sample size. The Sabres have outscored the Devils 14-3 in the last two meetings. Early game, the home team usually has the edge in these spots. I'll back the Sabres at home.

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Randy’s Pick Buffalo Sabres -162

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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