Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4) at New Jersey Devils (8-13-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -160 / Buffalo Sabres +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Tuesday night.
The Buffalo Sabres come into this one looking to snap an 11-game losing streak after a 6-0 loss to Washington last time out. Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson lead the Sabres in scoring with 19 points apiece, with Reinhart logging 11 goals while Olofsson boasts 11 assists. Jack Eichel has a team-high 16 assists as part of his 18-point tally this season while Taylor Hall has 16 points with 14 assists. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.2 goals per game on 28 shots per game with a 27.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals per game on 30.9 shots against per game with a 79.7% kill rate on the PK this season.
The New Jersey Devils come into this game trying to rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders last time out. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 17 points including 7 goals and 10 assists while Ty Smith has 13 points with a team-high 11 assists and Myles Wood has 12 points with a team-high 8 goals this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals per game on 29.6 shots per game while converting on 12.5% of their power plays. Defensively, the Devils are allowing 3.2 goals per game on 31 shots against per game with a 70.5% kill rate on the PK this season.
Buffalo is 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 17-45 in their last 62 games as an underdog while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog. New Jersey is 2-12 in their last 14 games overall and 18-39 in their last 5 home games while the under is 10-0-1 in their last 11 games as a home favorite. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Yeesh. Talk about a game I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole even with your money. But you’re here for a pick, so for the sake of a pick I’d back the Buffalo Sabres at plus money. These are still professionals, so you’d have to think there’s a bit of pride at stake when you’re on a team that’s lost 10+ games in a row. Plus, if guys are going to be traded you’d think they’d put their best efforts out to make a case for themselves. Either way, I’m not laying this juice or chasing the puck line with New Jersey and their struggles, so I’ll take my chances with Buffalo and the plus money here.