Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Jan 18, 2022

Anton Forsberg, Senators, 2021

The Senators were able to win five of their last eight games overall, but have since lost their last two. Which of these squads can get back into the win column?

Buffalo
32-39-8-3
AT
January 18, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
33-42-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -136
Moneyline +191
Over / Under o +6

22%

Betting Action

78%

Puckline -1.5 +113
Moneyline -229
Over / Under u +6

22%

Betting Action

78%

Both the Buffalo Sabres and the Ottawa Senators have had a rough time finding wins this season. Neither team has had much success at all but that also means that this should be an even matchup. The Sabres started the year at 5-1-1, but have since dropped down to 11-20-7. They have also lost eight of their last nine games, failing in back-to-back outings against the Detroit Red Wings heading into this one.

Sabres vs. Senators NHL Betting Odds

Buffalo is 1-6 straight up in their last seven games when going up against a team with a losing overall record on the year. They are also 18-38 in their last 56 matchups against teams in the Atlantic Division. The under has been consistent for them lately, though, with a 5-1-1 record in the Sabres last seven games played on the road.

On the other hand, the Senators are 4-0 straight up in their last four matchups against the Sabres at home. Ottawa is 9-19 in their last 28 games overall though and 2-5 in their past seven against teams in the Atlantic Division. Opposite of the Sabres, the over has been strong for the Senators. It is 3-0-1 in their past four contests when going up against a team with a winning percentage under .400 on the year.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres can’t seem to score whatsoever. There is absolutely zero consistency when they are going forward to the opposing net this season, which is why they are ranked 26th in the league with 2.53 goals scored per contest. Tage Thompson leads this team with 24 points but four other players on the roster have eclipsed that 20-point mark as well.

To make matters worse, their defense is atrocious. Buffalo has played five different goalies this season with all of them starting at least four games. Dustin Tokarski has been their best one with a record of 4-5-3 and a save percentage of .903. That doesn’t look great but wait until you see Aaron Dell’s numbers. He’s 1-6-1 on the year with a .892 save percentage.

The only good news here is that the Sabres catch a similarly-feeble opponent.

Ottawa Senators

Luckily for Buffalo, the Senators are equally as bad on both ends. They are 20th in terms of goals scored at 2.84 and are 29th in goals allowed at 3.61. If you’re wondering why they’re struggling, the negative differential right there tells the whole story.

It seems like any efforts they make to improve offensively are gone to waste due to their inability to protect the puck from hitting the back of their own net. Anton Forsberg has had an underwhelming season, to say the least. He is 6-5-1 with a .908 save percentage and has started the majority of their games. Filip Gustavsson is 3-7-1 with a .893 save percentage as the backup. Matt Murray has got a long look too but he is 2-6-0 as the third-stringer with a .892 save percentage. None of these three have been efficient in their time starting, but need to be if they want to start winning.

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