Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils NHL Pick – April 21

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout April 21. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils. These two teams have been struggling throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Buffalo has earned a record of 29-38-11 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Atlantic division. The Sabres have won their last two games and three of their last four entering this one. Buffalo has been eliminated for a little while now, but will look to play spoiler down the stretch. I expect the Sabres to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Devils have put up a record of 27-42-7 during the regular season, which has them in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. New Jersey is coming off a win in their last game, but have lost seven of their last ten. The Devils will look to finish this season strong despite also missing the postseason. New Jersey will look to earn a big win at home on Thursday.

These two teams have not had their best seasons, but will look for a strong finish as we near the playoffs.

The Sabres have solid in their last stretch of games and will look to keep it up. New Jersey has been struggling a bit more recently, but will look to build on their last win. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Buffalo Sabres +1 ½ (-210) +110 Over 6 ½ (-125)
New Jersey Devils -1 ½ (+175) -130 Under 6 ½ (+105)
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Team Data Buffalo Sabres New Jersey Devils
Overall Record 29-38-11 27-42-7
Away/ Home Record 14-20-5 16-17-4
Goals Per Game 2.77 3.04
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.64 3.16
Save Percentage .894 .883
Save Percentage Away/ Home .894 .888

Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils Betting Trends

Buffalo Sabres

  • 5-5 in April
  • 2-5 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 6-10 after a win by two or more goals
  • 9-17 after scoring four goals or more
  • 16-15 against team with a losing record

New Jersey Devils

  • 3-6 in April
  • 5-9 when playing on two days rest
  • 13-18 after a non-Conference game
  • 3-4 after three or more straight road games
  • 11-18 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice on the season. The first game was in New Jersey on October 23. Pavel Zacha had the overtime winner, while Nico Daws stopped 24 of 25 shots as the Devils won 2-1. The second game shifted to Buffalo on December 29. Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes both had a goal and two assists, while Yegor Sharangovich had a goal and an assist. New Jersey won 4-3 in this one.

Special Teams

The Sabres have been solid on the power play throughout this season. Buffalo has scored on 46 of their 209 power play chances, which is a 22 percent success rate. The Sabres have killed off 152 of their opponents 199 power play attempts, which is a 76.4 percent penalty kill. Buffalo is 12th on the man advantage and 23rd on the penalty kill.

New Jersey has struggled on both sides of special teams this season. The Devils have capitalized on 34 of their 211 power play opportunities, which is a 16.1 percent power play. New Jersey has given up 40 power play goals on 198 penalties against, which is a 79.8 percent kill rate. The Devils are 28th on the power play and 14th on the kill.

Buffalo has the edge on the power play in this one, but the Devils have had the better penalty kill. New Jersey will look for their power play to get going early in this one against the Sabres kill. Buffalo’s power play could give them the edge though. If either team gets a power play goal in this one, it could be the difference.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Craig Anderson to get the start in the crease for Buffalo in this one. Anderson has earned a record of 16-12-2 throughout his 30 starts on the season. He has posted a .896 save percentage and a GAA of 3.15 in those outings. Anderson’s last start was against the Philadelphia Flyers. He stopped 18 of 21 shots in the win.

Andrew Hammond will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Devils on Thursday night. Hammond has started in four games this season, going 1-2-1 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .866 and a 4.88 GAA in those games played. Hammond finished with 42 saves on 44 shots in his last start against the Vegas Golden Knights, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have struggled a bit on the season, but will look for a win in this one. Hammond has struggled since coming over from the Canadiens, where he was solid through four games. Both goalies will look to build off their last win. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough to get the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been struggling on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. New Jersey has won the first two games of this season series, but I think the Sabres can win this one. Buffalo has been playing late recently. Hammond is coming off a monster performance for the Devils, but I think the Sabres could break through early in this one.

Bovada has New Jersey listed as a -130 against the money line in this one.

This implies that the Devils will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Buffalo playing better recently. The Sabres will look to come out hot after their few days off. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on Buffalo.

The Bet
Buffalo Sabres
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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