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New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 01/31/2021 Game Analysis, Tips and NHL Forecast

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New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 01-31-2021 Game Analysis Tips and NHL Forecast

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 01/31/2021 – The New Jersey Devils and the Buffalo Sabres are in an early tight race at the middle pack of the East Division. After the 4-3 victory on Saturday, the Sabres seized the edge in position with 10 points for the fifth spot in the division. The Devils were left at the sixth with eight points but they will have the chance to get right back at Buffalo when the rivals face each other again on Sunday at 01:00 Eastern Time inside the KeyBank Center in New York. The Sabres enjoy the favorites tag by the NHL Betting Odds with a -147 price to win while the visiting Devils are offered at +133. The second game in two straight nights between the said protagonists will be featured live on MSGB and NHL.TV.

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 01/31/2021

When: Sunday, January 31, 1:00 PM ET

Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York

TV: MSGB

Stream: NHL.TV

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 01/31/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
New Jersey Devils +1.5 (-190) 6 o (+103) +133
Buffalo Sabres -1.5 (+165) 6 u (-117) -147
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New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils absorbed their third straight loss after Saturday’s heartbreaker in Buffalo. It was both a physical and mental torture to deal with, but New Jersey must not be overwhelmed by the series of setbacks. On Sunday afternoon, they will take on the Sabres again in a brand new game. It’s all about focusing on the current task and not being affected by the previous results, however, it may be painful. Obviously, they were puzzled by the present struggles, especially after starting the new NHL Regular Season strong. Judging from the numbers, it appears that their porous defense is to be blamed for the series of losses. In the current three-game losing skid, the Devils have allowed 11 non-shootout goals. To make matters worse, they have also posted 1-for-10 on the power play. The order on Sunday is to address these woes, otherwise, it could spell more significant problems as the season goes on. 

Players to watch: J. Hughes C (G 3, A 5, PTS 8), T. Smith D (G 2, A 5, PTS 7), M. Wood LW (G 3, A 2, PTS 5).

Buffalo Sabres

After a slow start, the Sabres have finally found their groove. The team has recorded a 3-0-2 card after starting the NHL Season at 1-3-0. They were pushed to the edge by the New Jersey Devils on Saturday but their poise down the stretch earned them the huge 4-3 shootout win. The New York Rangers caused them a heartbreak as they fell short in overtime on Thursday, 3-2. But the manner they took care of business at home in their first encounter against the Devils was a testament to their ability to finish off nip-and-tuck affairs. Coach Ralph Krueger cited that he and his team are simply trusting the process. It’s still a long road ahead in the season and there will be more rough steps along the way, but the Sabres are unperturbed. After all, the momentum is on their side and their confidence is off the charts. 

Players to watch: J. Eichel C (G 2, A 7, PTS 9), T. Hall LW (G 1, A 8, PTS 9), V. Olofsson RW (G 4, A 4, PTS 8).

 

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions

Trends

Devils

The total has gone UNDER in 13 of New Jersey’s last 19 games.
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Devils are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games against Buffalo.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Jersey’s last 10 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo.

Sabres

Sabres are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo’s last 9 games against New Jersey.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 6 games at home.
Sabres are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games played in January.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 6 games when playing at home against New Jersey.

Devils vs Sabres Betting Picks

The Sabres are a different kind of beasts at home. After coming through the close contest on Saturday, Buffalo has instantly snatched every possible advantage as they enter the arena anew for the second straight time against New Jersey. The rematch will end with the same result, only this time, the Sabres will do it convincingly.

Score Prediction: Devils 2, Sabres 5.