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Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres
Date & Time Monday December 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
KeyBank Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
BUF -125, O/U 6
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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils head to Buffalo, New York on Monday for a game against the Sabres in an Eastern Conference battle.  In their last game, the Devils were defeated 4-0 by the New York Rangers.  New Jersey totaled 33 shots in the game but were never able to sneak one by Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.  Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood took the loss in net as he allowed 3 goals on 22 of the Rangers shots. 

After the loss against New York, the Devils are now 9-12-4 on the season which places them in 8th place in the Metropolitan Division.  Taylor Hall leads the Devils in points with 21 and assists with 17, while Kyle Palmieri leads the team in goals with 9 so far on the season. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood is 8-7-3 with 1 shutout and a 3.12 goals against average.  Backup goalie Louis Domingue is 1-1-0 with a goals against average of 1.76.  New Jersey enters Monday’s game with just 1 player listed on their injury report as Jack Hughes is listed as out. 

The Buffalo Sabres welcome the Buffalo Sabres to town after losing their last game to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the score of 2-1 in overtime.  Buffalo’s lone goal against Toronto was scored by Rasmus Ristolainen with assists from Brandon Montour and Jack Eichel.  Goalie Carter Hutton took the loss in net for Buffalo, allowing 2 goals on 43 of Toronto’s shots. 

After the loss against the Maple Leafs, the Sabres are now 12-10-5 on the season, placing them in 4th place in the Atlantic Division.  Offensively the Sabres are led by Jack Eichel, who has recorded team highs in points with 35, goals with 16, and assists with 19. 4 of Eichel’s goals have come while on the power play as well as recording 6 assists while on the man advantage and he is clearly Buffalo’s biggest offensive threat. Buffalo goaltender Carter Hutton is 6-5-3 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.84.  Backup Linus Ullmark is 6-5-2 on the season with 1 shutout and a 3.00 goals against average.  Buffalo enters Monday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Vladimir Sobotka and Rasmus Dahlin are on injured reserve while Evan Rodrigues is listed as out. 

The Devils have scored 2.56 goals per game and have allowed 3.48 goals per game.  The Sabres have scored 2.85 goals per game this year and have allowed an average of 3 goals per game.  Both teams are 2-3 in their last 5 games played.  The Sabres won the first meeting of the year between these two teams by the score of 7-2 in a game played in Buffalo.  I am going to go with the Sabres in this one due to the fact that their defense has been a bit better than the Devils on the year.  Also, Buffalo is 7-3-3 at home on the year while New Jersey is 5-6-0 on the road.  Buffalo wins 3-2 and on the under.    

Pick:
BUF -125, Under 6
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