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Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres 1/15/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Buffalo Sabres (11-19-6) vs. Detroit Red Wings (16-17-5)
January 15, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -180 / Buffalo Sabres +158; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena. The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing six of their last seven games.

The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Buffalo with 13 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 16 assists and Tage Thompson has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 42 goals on 433 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 15 goals on 190 shots.

The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 17 goals, Moritz Seider has 21 assists and Dylan Larkin has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has given up 69 goals on 820 shots faced, and Thomas Greiss has allowed 46 goals on 436 shots.

The Sabres are 26-81 in their last 107 road games and 20-56 in their last 76 overall. The Red Wings are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 49-112 in their last 161 overall. The under is 8-3-1 in Sabres last 12 overall. The over is 5-2 in Red Wings last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sabres are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Detroit.

These are two teams we’ve made a living off of fading over the years, so it feels weird having to pick a side here. With that said, the Sabres are god awful on the road and have been for a while. The Detroit Red Wings have their issues, but they’ve won five of their last six games as a favorite. The Red Wings are the lesser of two evils. Give me the Red Wings, and I’ll take the PL to shave down the juice.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Detroit Red Wings -1.5

Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.
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