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Red Wings vs. Sabres - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Sabres (13-18-3) at Detroit Red Wings (17-8-9)
Date & Time Tuesday December 23, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -270 / Buffalo Sabres +225 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
MSGB, FSDT
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NHL | Buffalo Sabres (13-18-3) at Detroit Red Wings (17-8-9)
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The Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings play Tuesday night at the Joe Louis Arena.

The Buffalo Sabres have split their last eight games and end a short two-game road trip. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have three power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with nine goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 70 goals on 796 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 35 goals on 412 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have lost four straight on the road.

The Detroit Red Wings have lost six straight games and end a four-game homestand. The Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored two goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have scored four power play goals in their last five games and have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with 14 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 22 assists and Tomas Tatar has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 53 goals on 674 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 13 goal on 177 shots.

The Sabres are 10-41 in their last 51 road games and 23-51 in their last 74 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 6-20 in their last 26 Tuesday games. The Sabres are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in Detroit and 4-20-1 in the last 25 meetings overall.

You see the Sabres record on the road? Better yet, you see the Sabres record against Detroit? Even with the Red Wings struggling, taking them and the spread has to be the pick here. 

Pick:
Detroit Red Wings -1.5

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