In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres collide at the KeyBank Center. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 2, and fans at home will be able to catch this Eastern Conference matchup live on MSG Network.
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres Odds
New Jersey (+115) is currently the underdog to Buffalo (-135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 for the over and even money (+100) for the under.
The Sabres are 12-15 straight up (SU) and have not been kind to moneyline bettors (to the tune of -1.7 units) thus far. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (33-49). Through 27 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and none have pushed. Thus far, the team is 7-6 SU at home.
Buffalo has converted on 17.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties.
Buffalo, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over its last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opposition power plays for just 6.4 minutes per game over its last five outings, overall.
With a .911 save percentage and 30.5 saves per game, Linus Ullmark (6-7-2) has been the best option in goal for the Sabres this year. If the Sabres choose to rest him, however, it may roll with Carter Hutton (6-8-8 record, .908 save percentage, 2.84 goals against average).
The Sabres will continue relying on leadership via Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Eichel (35 points) is up to 16 goals and 19 assists and has recorded two or more points on nine different occasions this year. Reinhart has nine goals and 11 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 15 contests.
New Jersey has lost 7.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 9-16 straight up (SU). A total of 13 of its outings have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As a road team, New Jersey is 5-6 SU so far.
New Jersey has converted on just 12.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
New Jersey’s skaters have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
MacKenzie Blackwood (26.4 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for New Jersey. Blackwood owns an 8-10-3 record, while registering a .898 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average this year.
Taylor Hall (four goals, 17 assists) has been one of the most vital offensive facilitators for the visiting Devils.
New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Over
For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in three of their last five matchups.
Buffalo’s attempted 31.1 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 19th in the NHL), and 32.6 across their last 10 games.
The Devils are 4-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 4-11 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
New Jersey is 1-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Buffalo is 1-1 in shootouts.
Buffalo skaters have managed 4.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 5.2 takeaways per game (ranked 31st).
New Jersey skaters have averaged 6.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 6.6 takeaways per game (ranked 27th overall).