New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/20/21

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/20/21 Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (4-7-2) at New Jersey Devils (6-3-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils -125 / Buffalo Sabres +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 3-1 loss to Washington last time out. Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each have 12 points to lead the Sabres in scoring with Eichel logging 10 assists and a pair of goals with a team-high 44 shots on goal while Olofsson has 6 goals and 6 assists on the year. Taylor Hall has 9 points with 8 assists while Sam Reinhart has 3 goals and 5 assists for his 8 points. Linus Ullmark continues to lead the way for Buffalo in goal, posting 3 wins and a 2.69 GAA in 8 appearances this season while Carter Hutton has a 1-4 record with a 2.85 GAA this season.

The New Jersey Devils will be out to build on their three-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over Boston last time out. Jack Hughes leads the Devils in scoring with 9 points coming on 3 goals and 6 assists while Myles Wood and Ty Smith each have 8 points with 5 goals and 3 assists and Smith has a pair of goals and 6 assists for the Devils this season. Pavel Zacha, Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri and Janne Kuokkanen each have 6 points on the year with Zacha logging 4 goals and Palmieri logging 2 goals and 4 assists while Severson and Kuokkanen each have 5 assists for the Devils on the year. Scott Wedgewood and MacKenzie Blackwood have each made 5 appearances this season, with Wedgewood recording a win via shutout with a 2.80 GAA while Blackwood has 4 wins and a 1.94 GAA this season.

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Buffalo is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 16-51 in their last 67 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog. New Jersey is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 4-0 in their last 5 games as a home favorite while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Buffalo is 6-13 in the last 19 meetings between these two teams and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in New Jersey.

The Buffalo Sabres have had three games since returning from their COVID stoppage, and have lost all three games by a combined score of 9-2 over that span. The New Jersey Devils probably represent Buffalo’s best chance at a win since returning to the ice, but the issue is that we’re getting a short price to fade this Buffalo team with an improving Devils team that’s got some solid young pieces including a goaltender of the future in MacKenzie Blackwood. I just think with the cheap price at home, the Devils are the play here.

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Chris’s Pick New Jersey -125

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

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