2021-04-08
New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres
League : NHL

Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Prediction & Preview



 

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The New Jersey Devils will go on the road and take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. The Devils have a record of 13-18-6. The Sabres have a record of 9-23-6. These two teams have faced each other seven times this season with Buffalo winning four out of the seven games.

 

Devils on Four Game Losing Streak

The Devils have lost four straight games. Their last game was a 5-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Pavel Zacha, Jesper Bratt, and Damon Severson each scored a goal. Scott Wedgewood stopped 13 out of 17 shots faced.

 

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Devils this year. They have scored three goals or less in seven out of 10 games this season. The team ranks 26th in goals per game and scoring efficiency ratio, 19th in shots per game, and 28th in shooting %. Pavel Zacha leads the team with just 22 points on the season. The Devils lack fire power on offense.

Defense and goaltending have been a problem for the Devils lately. They have given up four goals or more in five out of the last seven games. The team ranks 22nd in goals against per game, 19th in shots against per game, and 21st in opponent shooting % and save %. MacKenzie Blackwood has a record of 9-10-3 with a 2.92 GAA and a .909 SV%. Scott Wedgewood has a record of 3-6-3 with a 2.82 GAA and a .907 SV%.

 

Sabres on Two Game Win Streak

The Sabres are on a two game winning streak. Their last game was a 5-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Casey Mittelstadt, Rasmus Dahlin, Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, and Rasmus Asplund each scored a goal. Linus Ullmark stopped 27 out of 30 shots faced.

 

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in five out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 30th in goals per game and shooting %, 28th in shots per game, and last in scoring efficiency ratio. Sam Reinhart leads the team with 24 points on the season. He has a point in three out of the last four games.

Defense and goaltending are another major problem for the Sabres. They have given up three goals or more in eight out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 29th in goals against per game, 27th in shots against per game, and 27th in opponent shooting % and save %. Linus Ullmark has a record of 8-5-3 with a 2.48 GAA and a .919 SV%. Carter Hutton has a record of 1-10-1 with a 3.47 GAA and a .886 SV%.







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