8* Saturday NHL NJ/BUF
New Jersey vs. Buffalo,
03/02/2013 15:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Money Line: -121 Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Florida, while New Jersey dropped their last game to Winnipeg, 3-1.
The Sabres finally got off the schneid in their time under Ron Rolston, sweeping their Florida road trip. The team’s two games in the Sunshine State yielded their two best offensive outputs under Rolston’s tender, and their strong offensive play should continue against Johan Hedberg, who has posted a 4.07 GAA over his last four starts.
Tomas Vanek recorded a pair of assists on the road trip, his first points since the coaching change.
New Jersey’s once promising start to the season has quickly faded, and the team is showing that even now it relies on Martin Brodeur as much as ever.
Brodeur isn’t eligible to return until Monday, and his replacements haven’t been up to snuff. The Devils have allowed 12 goals in the three games since Brodeur went down, all losses.
Offensively, their struggles predate Brodeur’s injury, as New Jersey has scored just nine times in their last six games, including just six goals in their last four road contests. New Jersey has lost five of their last six games.
The Devils are 1-5 in their last six games. Take Buffalo.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
8* Play on Buffalo Sabres -121