Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Sabres and Red Wings. The game is starting at 12:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6 goals and the Red Wings are the -1.5 favorite to win at home vs. the Sabres.

BUFFALO SABRES VS DETROIT RED WINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Detroit Red Wings -1.5

This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 12:30 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE DETROIT RED WINGS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Sabres to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (-109)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Sabres Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

As the 11th place team in the Eastern Conference, the Buffalo Sabres have a record of 32-30-5 for 69 points. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 6th place. On the road, Buffalo has gone 15-13-4 this season, and they have won three straight games.

When playing other Eastern Conference teams, the Sabres have gone 19-21 this season. As the underdog, Buffalo has a record of 18-21-4 in 43 games. Over their last three games, the Sabres have gone 3-0, and over their last ten games, they have gone 6-4.

On the road, the Sabres’ puck line record this season is 20-12, and their average scoring margin is -.1 goals per game. As the underdog, Buffalo has a puck line record of 29-14, and they have gone 8-2 vs. the puck line in their last ten games.

So far this season, the Sabres have 21 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal. Their overall puck line record is 37-30, and they have covered the puck line in their last three games.

On average, Buffalo’s games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.4. In total, the Sabres come in with an over/under record of 26-39-2.

Buffalo has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Sabres are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 20th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 11th in the league. This season, the Sabres have a 19-19 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-11 record.

Buffalo’s current leading scorer is JJ Peterka. This season, he has 21 goals, which puts him 62nd in the NHL. Peterka also comes into the game with 19 assists.

Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.2 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Detroit, goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has started 39 games in this season. His current record is 22-16, and his save percentage stands at 0.835%.

Can the Red Wings Pull Off a Home Win?

At 33-27-6, the Red Wings are 9th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Atlantic Division. Over their last 10 games, they have gone just 3-7 and have lost five straight games. In games where they have been favored, Detroit is 14-5-4 on the year.

Over the course of the season, the Red Wings have gone 18-11-5 at home and 17-18 against Eastern Conference opponents. In the Atlantic Division, they have a record of 9-10. On the year, Detroit has scored 72 points.

As the favorite, the Red Wings have a puck line record of 8-15 this season and 36-30 overall. So far, Detroit has 19 wins by multiple goals and 14 losses by more than one goal. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +.5 goals per game.

Overall, the Red Wings have gone 0-5 against the puck line in their last five games and 0-3 in their last three home games. In their last ten games at home, their puck line record is 6-4.

For the season, Detroit’s games have finished with an average of 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Red Wings have an over/under record of 37-29-0.

Buffalo has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

Offensively, the Red Wings come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 7th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 23rd position in the league. Looking at how the Red Wings’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 4th in power play goals and 12th in shorthanded goals.

Detroit’s leading goal scorer is Dylan Larkin. So far this season, he has 26 goals, placing him 32nd in the NHL. Larkin also comes into the game with 28 assists.

Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 8th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.2 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie James Reimer has started 14 games this season. His current record stands at 6-7, and his save percentage is 0.459%.