New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Betting Prediction

NHL New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction 3/29/2024

The New Jersey Devils (36-33-4) travel to face off against the Buffalo Sabres (34-34-5) on Friday, March 29th. This game will be played at KeyBank Center in Buffalo and televised on ESPN+. The Devils are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Sabres are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Senators. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

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The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win

As the Devils head into tonight’s game, they sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-33-4. In the Metropolitan Division, New Jersey is in 6th place with 76 points. On the road this season, the Devils have gone 19-15-2 and have won their last two games away from home. Over their last ten games, New Jersey has gone 5-5 and are 4-1 over their last five games.

For the season, the Devils have been favored in 48 of their 73 games and have gone 27-19-2 in those games. Against Eastern Conference opponents, New Jersey has gone 21-21 this season. Over their last three games, the Devils have gone 2-1.

On the road, the Devils have a puck line record of 19-17 this season, and they have gone 27-46 on the puck line overall. So far, New Jersey has 23 wins by multiple goals and 27 losses by multiple goals.

Over their last ten games, the Devils have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the favorite is at +.2 goals per game. Currently, New Jersey has dropped 10 games by just one goal and has a puck line record of 15-33 when favored.

The Devils most recently took on the Maple Leafs and secured a win with a score of 6-3. Against the Maple Leafs, the Devils’ offense scored in all three periods. All six goals came at even strength. They finished with 25 shots on goal and had 14 turnovers.

New Jersey was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.

The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Buffalo has been the underdog in 46 of their 73 games this season and have lost two straight games when coming into the game as the underdog. In the Eastern Conference, the Sabres are in 13th place and have a record of 19-23 against other teams in the conference.

At home this year, Buffalo has gone 17-18-1 and are 6th in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5 and have gone 2-3 in their last five games.

Buffalo enters this game with a puck line record of 40-33 and an average scoring differential of -.1 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have 23 road losses by more than one goal compared to 24 home losses by more than one goal.

When looking at their last ten home games, Buffalo has gone 6-4 against the puck line and 17-19 at home for the season. Overall, the Sabres have 23 wins by more than one goal compared to 11 wins by just one goal.

Coming off a 6-2 loss at home to the Senators, the Sabres are hoping to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Sabres faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Senators, but they managed to score two times in the second period. In the game, Buffalo managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 36 shots on goal and committed 2 turnovers.

Buffalo went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.

New Jersey Offense Breakdown

The Devils come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 11th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 12th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Devils offense is 14th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 28th in the NHL.

For the season, the over/under record of the Devils’ stands at 40-32-1. They have had 41 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.

Sabres Offense Breakdown

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The Sabres come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 21st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 14th in the league. Buffalo’s offense comes into the game ranked 30th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the NHL.

This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 29-42-2. Throughout the season, they have played 44 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.

New Jersey Team Defense

Defensively, the Devils come into the season ranked 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.6 shots per game against New Jersey. For the season, they are ranked 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Buffalo Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.2 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 8th in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Devils vs Sabres Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Devils have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
  • Across their last three home contests, Buffalo has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.
  • Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Sabres have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
  • In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Devils have a straight up record of 4-6 and an puck line mark of 3-7.

Devils vs Sabres Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Sabres to secure a victory over the Devils at home. With the moneyline currently set at -101, I’m locking in my bet on the Sabres straight-up.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Sabres winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Sabres straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to remain below that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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