New Jersey Devils (13-18-6) at Buffalo Sabres (9-23-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +110 / New Jersey Devils -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will be looking to rebound from a 5-3 loss to the Sabres in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 22 points including 8 goals and 14 assists while Jesper Bratt has 21 points with 16 assists and Ty Smith has 17 assists as well. Myles Wood also leads New Jersey in goals with 11 markers this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.4 goals on 29.6 shots with a 12.4% success rate on the PP this season while allowing 3 goals on 31.9 shots with a 73.1% success rate on the PK this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will be out to build on their victory over the Devils from Tuesday night. Sam Reinhart leads the Sabres in scoring with 24 points including a team-high 13 goals and 11 assists while Victor Olofsson has 22 points with 10 goals and 12 assists. Taylor Hall has 19 points with a team-high 17 assists as well and Jack Eichel is right behind with 16 assists this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.1 goals on 27.9 shots per game with a 22% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.4 goals per game on 32.2 shots with a 79.6% kill rate on the PK this season.
New Jersey is 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 7-19 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games as a favorite. Buffalo is 17-42 in their last 59 games overall and 5-16 in their last 21 games as a home underdog while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Sabres at home is worth a look as it’s almost like they’re begging us to take the Devils at this price and the Sabres look somewhat motivated now after realizing what it feels like to win. However, while Buffalo has historically done well on home ice, this is still a Sabres team that’s 4-15 at home this season and while New Jersey blew a golden opportunity last time out, the bottom line is that the Devils play better on the road as it is and I think the Devils get some measure of revenge here. Not a fan of laying juice on the road with New Jersey, but it is what it is.