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Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils - 10/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (1-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-1-1)
Date & Time Monday October 9, 2017, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres -135 / New Jersey Devils +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New Jersey Devils take the ice  versus the  Buffalo Sabres  in Monday NHL action.

The New Jersey Devils head to the KeyBank Center to take aim at the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. New Jersey comes off of a 4-1 victory versus the visiting Colorado Avalanche to kick off the season with a win. The Devils enjoyed solid performances at both ends of the ice with a balanced attack that featured goals from Adam Henrique, John Moore, Jimmy Hayes and Jesper Bratt with Bratt, Kyle Palmieri and Will Butcher posting two assists apiece.

Carl Soderberg lit the lamp for Colorado’s lone goal in the second period that temporarily cut the New Jersey lead to 2-1. Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier was peppered with 39 shots and recorded 35 saves in defeat. The Devils received a monster 40 stops from Cory Schneider who picked  up the win. 

The  Buffalo Sabres were out to begin the 2017-18 on a winning note but their defense struggled and the offense couldn’t make up the difference in a 6-3 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday. Buffalo trailed 4-0 before Evander Kane scored twice with Jack Eichel scoring in the third while Eichel and Kane both added assists.

John Tavares and Casey Cizikas paced the Islanders attack with a pair of tallies  each while Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier also found the back of the net. Buffalo starting goalie Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 16 shots before getting pulled in the second in favor of Chad Johnson who gave a goal on 16 shots. New York saw 26 saves from Jaroslav Halak to begin the year 1-0 

Under is 1-0-3 in Devils last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 overall and over is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 vs. Atlantic. Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 overall and over is 4-1-1 in Sabres last 6 home games. Devils are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Buffalo and Devils are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings and under is 18-6-4 in the last 28 meetings in Buffalo. 

It’s tough to judge either team by their performance in one game but I see no reason to lay chalk here…

New Jersey +115 // will update

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