Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jan 17, 2022

The Detroit Red Wings aim to complete the sweep of their four-game season series with Buffalo when they visit the Sabres on Monday afternoon.

Detroit
32-40-8-2
AT
January 17, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
32-39-8-3
Puckline -1.5 +159
Moneyline -160
Over / Under o +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

Puckline +1.5 -191
Moneyline +133
Over / Under u +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

The Red Wings snapped a four-game slide with Saturday’s 4-0 victory over the Sabres in Detroit. The club now looks to halt a six-game road slide when they wrap up this home-and-home series in Monday’s clash at KeyBank Center. Saturday’s loss marked the seventh defeat in eight outings for the Sabres, who are also winless in seven home contests since November 26.

Backed by 74% of sports bettors, the Red Wings have climbed to -143 favourites since opening as a -136 bet. Accordingly, the Sabres have tumbled to +121 underdogs. The total has dipped to 5.5 since opening at 6.0. But thanks to the support of 75% of bettors, the OVER is favoured with -120 odds.

Red Wings vs. Sabres NHL Betting Odds

Monday afternoon’s matchup marks the final meeting of the season between these Atlantic Division rivals. The Red Wings have outscored the Sabres by an 11-5 overall margin in their three head-to-head wins this season. The Red Wings have also posted wins in four of six visits to Buffalo, with each of their past four road dates getting settled by a single goal. Low scoring has been common in recent meetings, with these clubs combining to score five or fewer goals in three of four clashes, fueling a 3-1 run for the UNDER.

The Red Wings have tallied wins in just four of 14 contests, and have gone winless in six road dates over that stretch. The Sabres have been limited to two or fewer goals on five occasions during a 1-5-2 run, and have potted just nine total goals over their past six home games.

Detroit Red Wings

Saturday’s clash with the Sabres proved to be a tonic for the Red Wings. Detroit shooters rediscovered their form after scoring just five total goals during a preceding four-game losing streak. Tyler Bertuzzi led the way with the game-winning goal and two assists, and has recorded multi-point performances on five occasions while tallying 13 points over his past 10 outings. And while wins have remained scarce, Alex Nedeljkovic has continued to impress between the pipes. The Red Wings netminder has surrendered just 10 total goals over his past five outings while compiling a sparkling .938 save percentage.

Buffalo Sabres

It is an understatement to suggest that the Sabres have been dominated during their current swoon. The club was outshot by a wide 39-22 margin in Saturday’s loss, and have now been outshot by double-digit margins in five of eight outings, while allowing an average of 36.1 shots on goal per game over that stretch. Those struggles are further aggravated by the rash of injuries that have beset the club’s goaltending corps. With netminders Craig Anderson, Malcolm Subban, Dustin Tokarski, and rookie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen all on the shelf, duties have fallen to Aaron Dell. The 32-year-old veteran was tagged with all four goals in Saturday’s loss after stopping 29 of 30 shots to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win in Nashville last Thursday.

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