New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Mar 23, 2023

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The New Jersey Devils have a deceptively simple game on Friday night when they visit one of the worst home teams in the league, the Buffalo Sabres.

New Jersey
March 24, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Puckline -1.5 +136
Moneyline -175
Over / Under o +7


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Puckline +1.5 -164
Moneyline +145
Over / Under u +7


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New Jersey has been an incredible road team all season, and they’ll need that fortune to continue as they require points to overcome Carolina atop the Metropolitan Division. Buffalo’s season is in shambles, and things have been dreadful at KeyBank Center as of late.

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These clubs have met on the ice only once so far this season. It came early in the campaign in November when the Devils burned the Sabres 3-1 in Buffalo. Away sides have won three consecutive matches, although New Jersey has gotten the upper hand overall in four of the past five meetings.

Lindy Ruff’s ensemble should count itself fortunate. They only trail the Carolina Hurricanes by two points in the Metropolitan despite having lost four of the five most recent outings. Incidentally, two of their last significant wins were against Eastern Conference heavyweights, Carolina and Tampa Bay. But they also lost to the Lightning twice. The under has connected in six of New Jersey’s last nine games.

The Sabres are on the downslide in more ways than one. Obviously losing four consecutive contests is not how to find positives as the regular season winds down. What’s disconcerting is the manner in which they’ve tripped up, especially at home. As ridiculous as this is going to sound, the Sabres have conceded at least seven goals in three of their last four home games. That’s not a typo. Seven. Rarely has a team delivered such emphatically awful home performances over the stretch of multiple games.

New Jersey Devils

If any sports fans still dubious about the merits of hockey required reassurance that a low-scoring, 2-1 game can be thrilling, look no further than Tuesday night’s tilt between the Minnesota Wild and the Devils.

The Wild’s Filip Gustavsson is having a season to remember, and Tuesday night was a signature performance. New Jersey did everything it could to bulldoze over the guests, pounding Minnesota’s net 48 times. Apart from a post ringing in overtime, Gustavsson repelled 47 of the attempts. It was a bold, inspiring effort, one that was imperative in a game where the Wild were second best. That’s not to say Vitek Vanecek wasn’t good. He was, stopping 27 of the 29 attempts on his goal, but it wasn’t 47 out of 48.  The only Devil to outduel him was Timo Meier (35th) on a sneaky wrap-around in the third period to tie the score 1-1. By virtue of falling in overtime New Jersey still collected a point, but they were left wondering what more they could have done.

Buffalo Sabres

Does is mean much to say that Tuesday night’s effort in a 7-3 defeat was better than the one on Sunday against Boston which saw the Sabres get squashed 7-0? It’s a slightly better-looking score line, but still indicative of big issues. Lest it is forgotten that Buffalo also lost 10-4 at home to Dallas earlier this month.

The Sabres haven’t been a very good home side this season (13-20-3 at home versus 20-11-3 on the road), but what’s transpiring lately is just plain weird. On Tuesday it was Nashville’s turn to gang up on the home team. By the time Tage Thompson rocketed his 43rd of the season on the powerplay in the middle frame, it was already 6-1 for the guests. Thompson has been a consistent bright spot in a topsy-turvy campaign. No goalie has been able to keep a goals against average under 3.00. Craig Anderson, victimized on Tuesday, sports the best figures at 3.06. Surely these dreadful performances can’t continue, can they?

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