Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel, and the Buffalo Sabres will do battle against Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in an Eastern Conference showdown. MSG Network will air the game, and the opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 25.
Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils Odds
The Sabres (-120) are currently favored over the Devils (+100) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 over, +100 under.
Buffalo is 31-43 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 40 of its outings have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Sabres are 11-26 SU on the road in 2018-19.
Buffalo has converted on 18.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties..
With a .909 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Carter Hutton (17-29-5) has been the top option in goal for Buffalo this year. If Buffalo chooses to rest him, however, they may go with Linus Ullmark (15-18-4), who has a .906 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average this year.
New Jersey is 28-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 76 regular season contests, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the team’s 18-20 SU as the home team.
The Devils have converted on just 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Keith Kinkaid (25.8 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Devils. Kinkaid has 16 wins, 25 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has registered a fairly-weak .891 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average this season.
Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils Free Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Under
- Three of the Devils’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 3-4 overall in shootouts this season.
- The under has hit in four of New Jersey’s last five games.
- Over Buffalo’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-7 in those games).
- Buffalo skaters created 21.5 hits per game last season, while the Devils accounted for 22.6 hits per matchup.