Detroit Red Wings (17-17-5) vs. Buffalo Sabres (11-20-6)
January 17, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -110 / Detroit Red Wings -110; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Detroit Red Wings and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Monday afternoon.
The Detroit Red Wings come into this game looking to build on their 4-0 win over these same Sabres just a couple of days ago. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit in scoring with 34 points including 16 goals along with 18 assists while Lucas Raymond has 32 points with a team-high 21 assists and Tyler Bertuzzi also has 13 assists with a team-high 18 goals for 31 points and a team-high +13 plus/minus rating this season. Moritz Seider also has 21 assists so far this season, sharing the team lead with the aforementioned Raymond. Alex Nedeljkovic is 11-10-4 with a 2.73 GAA and a .918 save percentage in goal for Detroit while Thomas Greiss is 6-7-1 with a 3.36 GAA and an .894 save percentage this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to bounce back after the loss to Detroit made it 7 losses in 8 games. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 23 points with 12 goals and Rasmus Dahlin has 22 points and Kyle Okposo has 23 points with Dahlin logging 6 goals and 16 assists while Okposo has 7 goals and 16 assists. Jeff Skinner has 21 points of his own split between a team-high 13 goals and 8 assists while Victor Olofsson has 20 points split between 5 goals and 15 helpers.. Dustin Tokarski’s gone 4-5-3 with a 3.28 GAA and a .903 save percentage in goal for Buffalo while Ukko-Pekka Luokkonen is 2-5-2 with a 2.74 GAA and a .917 save percentage and Aaron Dell is 1-6 with a 3.89 GAA and an .889 save percentage.
Detroit is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite and 14-64 in their last 78 road games while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. Buffalo is 1-6 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 23-70 in their last 93 games as an underdog while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record.
I get the case that could be made either way here as I’m not fond of laying the juice with the Red Wings on the road and the alternative of backing Buffalo period. However, The Red Wings have at least been easier to trust and the Sabres have now become hard to trust no matter where they are, home or away. I think this is just a spot where you bite the bullet, and back the better team if forced to pick.