Devils Get Blanked By BlueshirtsThe New Jersey Devils (9-12-4) got served their fourth blanking of the season after being outclassed with a score of 4-0 by the New York Rangers at Prudential Center on Saturday. The hosts outshot the Blueshirts 33-23, but failed miserably during power play, squandering all eight opportunities while allowing two shorthanded goals along the way. The Devils, who also gave up a power-play snipe and an empty netter, have now lost four of their past six outings (2-4-0) after triumphing in three of four contests prior (3-1-0). They are 5-6-0 when playing away from home so far this season.
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 19 shots against the Rangers, taking his current performance tally to 8-7-3 for the season with a 3.12 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He has lost his only previous start against the Buffalo Sabres, conceding seven goals on 36 shots in a 7-2 defeat for New Jersey back on Oct. 5. The Devils, meanwhile, are scoring the 4th lowest amount of goals per game (2.56), while allowing the 3rd highest quantity on the defensive end (3.48). They are 4th from the bottom in power play (12.9%) and 22nd in penalty kill (77.1%).
Sabres Split Home-And-Home Versus LeafsThe Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5) collected three points from their back-to-back, home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, following up Friday’s 6-4 victory at KeyBank Center with a 2-1 overtime defeat at Scotiabank Arena just 27 hours later. Jack Eichel (16 goals, 35 points this year) banked a team-high four points throughout the stretch, collecting two snipes and a helper in the first fixture, while registering an assist on a strike by Rasmus Ristolainen (2 goals, 10 points) in the following clash. The Sabres are 1-1-2 in their past four outings and 3-8-4 in their last 15. They have posted a 7-3-3 home record thus far, though.
Goalie Carter Hutton, who is set to start versus New Jersey, made 41 saves in Toronto. He is 6-5-3 for the rolling year with a 2.84 GAA and a .908 save percentage, and has recorded a 4-3-0 career total against the Devils with a 2.41 GAA and a .895 save percentage. The Sabres, meanwhile, are burying the 11th lowest quantity of goals per game (2.85), while conceding the 14th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.00). They are 19th in power play (17.8%) and 3rd from the bottom in penalty kill (74.7%).
Buffalo (according to Covers.com)
- Sabres are 1-9 in their last 10 Monday games.
- Sabres are 2-6 in their last 8 home games.
New Jersey (according to Covers.com)
- Devils are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games.
- Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 meetings with Sabres in Buffalo.