- Sabres Eyeing Fourth Win in a Row
- Sabres Still in Playoff Race
- Finishing Strong
- Sabres vs Devils Game Injuries
- Sabres vs Devils Head-to-Head
- Sabres vs Devils Game Information
- Sabres vs Devils Betting Lines
- Sabres vs Devils Picks and Prediction
- Sabres vs Devils Trends
- Sabres vs Devils Edge
- Sabres vs Devils Results
- Sabres vs Devils Game Summary
Sabres Eyeing Fourth Win in a Row
The Buffalo Sabres kept hanging around thanks to a shootout win against the New York Rangers. It was Buffalo’s third straight win and fourth straight one-goal affair. Casey Mittlestadt tied the game in the third period, scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.
It has been an interesting April for the New Jersey Devils, winning three games by a combined score of 19-5 and losing 6-1 to Winnipeg and 2-1 to Boston. New Jersey remained a point behind Carolina in the race for the Metropolitan Division title after the Hurricanes lost to Ottawa on Monday.
Buffalo is 8-4-2 over its last 14 games despite being outscored 51-45. The Devils are +3 in goal differential during that stretch but are 6-6-2, so keep that in mind when making NHL picks.
When looking at some of the NHL news, winger Jordan Greenway is questionable while forward Vinnie Hinostroza and goalies Craig Anderson and Ben Bishop are out for Buffalo.
For New Jersey, forward Curtis Lazar and goalie Jonathan Bernier are out.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Devils (+1200) are tied for sixth in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title. Buffalo is well back at +35000.
Sabres Still in Playoff Race
The Sabres are certainly making things interesting as the regular season is drawing to a close.
Ten of the last 15 games played by the Sabres have been decided by one goal, with six of those games heading into overtime.
In the last nine games, Buffalo is 7-1-1 after back-to-back wins against the playoff-bound Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. Buffalo trailed in the second period of both games.
Devon Levi, who just a couple weeks ago was playing at Northeastern, stopped 57 of 62 shots and is 4-1 since joining the Sabres.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 11, 2023
Tage Thompson was held without a point for just the second time in the last seven games. He needs four goals in the last three games to the 50-goal mark and is seven points shy of 100.
Eight of Buffalo’s last 12 games played in April went over the NHL betting lines total.
When Jack Hughes was taken with the first pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, he was viewed as a franchise-changing player. He had 21 and 31 points in his first two seasons. Hughes was on his way to a breakthrough third campaign with 26 goals and 30 assists in 49 games before his season ended early due to injuries.
He has taken the next step this season and is four points shy of the 100-point mark. Hughes has two goals and five assists and takes a six-game point-scoring streak into the matchup with Buffalo.
One question is whether his brother Luke Hughes, a defenseman who was taken fourth overall by the Devils in the 2021 draft, will join him on the ice before the start of the playoffs. The younger Hughes had 27 goals and 60 assists in 80 games during his two seasons at the University of Michigan.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone under in six of New Jersey’s last eight home games against the Sabres.
Sabres vs Devils Game Injuries
Sabres vs Devils Head-to-Head
The teams split their two games this season, with the most recent being a 5-4 Sabres win on March 24 at home.
Five of their last seven games finished over the total, with six of the last 11 matchups being decided by one goal.
The road team won five of the previous six games before Buffalo’s win in March.
Sabres vs Devils Game Information
- Game: Sabres (40-32-7) vs Devils (50-22-8)
- Location: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
- Day/Time: Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Sabres vs Devils Prediction Live Stream: NHL.TV
Sabres vs Devils Betting Lines
Sabres vs Devils Picks and Prediction
In recent years, an April matchup between the Devils and the Sabres would only be about their place in the NHL Draft Lottery. It is a different story this season, with New Jersey still having a chance of winning the Metropolitan Division title and Buffalo managing to stay alive – barely – in the race for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Seven of Buffalo’s top 10 scorers are 25 or younger. For New Jersey, four of the top five point producers are under the age of 25. So these teams are just starting something special.
If it comes down to special teams, the edge could go to New Jersey as the Devils are 12th on the power play and 14th on the penalty kill in April. Buffalo is 19th in success rate on the power play and 24th in penalty-killing percentage.
When making NHL predictions, keep in mind that Buffalo is 27-12 against the spread on the road, with New Jersey covering just 16 of 40 home games.
New Jersey is 36-20-4 when listed as the favorite by the NHL odds, with Buffalo 26-29-5 as the underdog.
The New Jersey is listed at -225 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Sabres, you have a chance to win $44. Buffalo Sabres is +185, offering a chance to win $185 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the New Jersey Devils a 69.23% chance to win, with the Buffalo Sabres at 35.09%.