Buffalo Sabres (29-38-11) vs. New Jersey Devils (27-42-7)
April 21, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Jersey Devils -130 / Buffalo Sabres +110; Over/Under: -6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils meet Thursday in NHL action at the Prudential Center. The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 36 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 39 assists and Jeff Skinner has 248 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 81 goals on 825 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 95 goals on 914 shots.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Hughes leads New Jersey with 26 goals, Jesper Bratt has 45 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Nico Daws has allowed 66 goals on 617 shots faced, and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 70 goals on 663 shots.
The Sabres are 35-94 in their last 129 road games and 45-96 in their last 141 overall. The Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 20-44 in their last 64 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Devils last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams, especially in the favorite role. However, the Buffalo Sabres have been fade material for years on the road, and nothing changes here. Also, as bad as the New Jersey Devils have been, they have won five of their last seven games as a favorite. The Devils have also won five of the last six meetings against the Sabres. The Devils have won the games they’re supposed to win, even if it’s not a lot. Give me the home team.