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New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 12/29/2021 Picks, Betting Predictions and Preview
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New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 12/29/2021 – Struggling is an understatement for the New Jersey Devils. The team is currently on a six-game losing skid and will try to snap it when they visit the Buffalo Sabres in New York on Wednesday. Albeit saddled with a losing record like the Devils the hosts have fared better in their last assignments. Heading into the battle against New Jersey, Buffalo is aiming to win its third in four games. Latest NHL Betting Lines predict a complete toss up between both teams. At -111 in the match winner market, the sportsbooks expect a nip-and-tuck battle on ice. The game is set to start at 07:00 PM Eastern Time with live coverage available on ESPN+ and NHL.TV.
New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 12/29/2021
When: Wednesday, December 29, 7:00 PM ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres 12/29/2021 Betting Odds:
New Jersey Devils
The current slump has frustrated the Devils as it shows in the team’s body language. Their visit to Buffalo on Wednesday is paramount as it could immediately turn things around for the team, or simply prolong the nightmare of a losing streak. With the Sabres losing some of its key players due to COVID protocols, New Jersey is presented with a golden opportunity to stop their bleeding. It would still take, however, a complete team effort to take down a depleted unit on the road. The team is second to the last in the Metropolitan standings, just a few wins above the cellar-dwelling New York Islanders. From all present indications, it could be hard for the Devils to get out of the deep hole. But the squad is adamant to get back on the winning track, and that must give their fans something to cheer about.
Players to watch: J. Bratt LW (G 8, A 16, PTS 24), A. Johnsson LW (G 9, A 10, PTS 19), D. Hamilton D (G 6, A 11, PTS 17).
Besides losing a number of its key players, the Sabres will also be missing the services of coach Don Granato, who is out due to the same health and safety protocol. Assistant coach Matt Ellis is set to take head tactician role on Wednesday as Buffalo looks to continue their fine play after hitting the snooze bar that has pulled them the Atlantic Division standings. Prospects from the AHL’s Rochester will be filling the spots of Jeff Skinner, Zemgus Girgensons, and Vinnie Hinostroza. They are Peyton Krebs, JJ Peterka and Arttu Ruotsalainen. Familiarity could be a significant issue for Buffalo, but with the Devils eager to break their skid, the Sabres served with a red alert, which they should respond with urgency.
Players to watch: K. Okposo RW (G 6, A 14, PTS 20), R. Dahlin D (G 6, A 12, PTS 18), T. Thompson RW (G 10, A 8, PTS 18).
New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey’s last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 6 games.
New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Picks
The game between the Devils and Sabres will be as good as advertised. Just like how the NHL Odds have predicted it, both squads will go back and forth. But in the end, it will be the hosts who will earn the win, in the process sending the Devils to their seventh straight defeat.
Score Prediction: Devils 4, Sabres 5.