Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 25, 2022

The Buffalo Sabres are set to make their second trip to Ottawa in a week after downing the Senators 3-1 last Tuesday.

Buffalo
32-39-8-3
AT
January 25, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
33-42-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -159
Moneyline +151
Over / Under o +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +133
Moneyline -181
Over / Under u +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Atlantic Division rivals Buffalo and Ottawa are both coming off wins as they get set to meet in the nation’s capital on Tuesday night.  The Sabres handed Philadelphia their 11th straight loss with a 6-3 victory at home on Saturday.  The Senators, meanwhile, are fresh off a 2-1 road win in Columbus on Sunday.

Ottawa is a -185 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Sabres vs. Senators NHL Betting Odds

This is the second meeting of the season between these teams after they faced off in Ottawa last Tuesday.  The Sabres took that game 3-1, with Dylan Cozens picking up a goal and an assist for Buffalo.  Despite that win, almost 70 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are taking the Sens on Tuesday, while the Over/Under is nearly a 50/50 split.

Last week’s win broke a four-game losing streak in Ottawa for the Sabres.  Buffalo is 26-15 against the spread this season, including 12-7 ATS on the road.  Low scoring games have been a trend for this team.  The total has gone Under in six of Buffalo’s last seven road games and four of their last six overall.

The Senators have struggled at home this year, dropping 10 of their last 13 games at Canadian Tire Centre.  They’re 18-17 ATS overall, but they’ve failed to cover in nine of 15 home games.  The total has gone Under in five of Ottawa’s last seven games.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres found the back of the net six times on Saturday, with Peyton Krebs, who was acquired in the Jack Eichel trade, Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson each picking up two goals.  It was the first two goals in Krebs’ NHL career.  Rasmus Dahlin had two assists in the win, while Michael Houser made 30 saves in net.  Skinner, Thompson and Dahlin have been the biggest offensive contributors for Buffalo.  Skinner (27 points) has a team-high 16 goals, while Thompson (14G, 14A) and Dahlin (7G, 21A) are tied for the team lead in points with 28 apiece.

The Sabres are about to get a boost to the lineup with the return of Casey Mittelstadt on Tuesday.  Mittelstadt has been limited to just four games this season because of separate injuries and hasn’t played since Dec. 7.

Due to multiple injuries, Buffalo has given six different goalies multiple starts this season.  It will likely be either Houser again on Tuesday or Aaron Dell.  Houser has stopped 73 of 77 shots faced and won both of his starts.  Dell is 1-7-1 with 3.91 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa picked up three of a possible four points during their weekend back-to-back.  Artem Zub and Tim Stutzle had the goals on Sunday, while Anton Forsberg made 35 saves.  It was Forsberg’s first win since Dec. 14.  Drake Batherson, who leads the team with 33 points (12G, 21A), and Josh Norris, who leads the team with 18 goals (26 points), were both held off the scoresheet.  Alex Formenton picked up a primary assist on Stutzle’s game-winning goal for his seventh point in his last six games.  Formenton now has 17 points (7G, 10A) in 32 games.

It’s between Forsberg and Matt Murray for the start on Tuesday.  Forsberg is 7-6-1 this season with a 3.01 GAA and .912 SV.  Murray, who stopped 30 of 33 shots in Washington on Saturday, is 2-6-1 with a 3.36 GAA and .894 SV.

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