Devils vs Sabres Prediction NHL Picks for Today 4/11

Devils vs Sabres Prediction NHL Picks for Today 4/11

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Introduction

The NHL season is in full swing, and the Buffalo Sabres will take on the New Jersey Devils on April 11, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. KingPin.pro provides NHL predictions for all games, and we take an extensive review of the Devils and Sabres' offenses and defenses, injuries, and more. We also offer NHL picks for today and NHL experts picks, so download the KingPin.pro iOS and Android app to get started.

 

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are 40-32-7 for the season, with a 24-12-3 record away from home. They have been performing well lately, winning three of their last five games. In terms of offense, the Sabres have been solid this season, averaging 3.59 goals per game, but their defense has been less impressive, allowing an average of 3.64 goals per game. Despite their defense, the Sabres are confident in their ability to score goals, and they have shown this with their last two wins, where they scored a total of 11 goals.

Their top scorer, Tage Thompson, has 93 points, 46 goals, and 47 assists this season, while their top goalie, U. Luukkonen, has 17 wins, 11 losses, 4 overtime losses, and 0 shutouts, with a 3.61 goals against average and .892 save percentage. However, Craig Anderson is out with an injury, leaving them with a limited backup goalie. The Sabres are aware that they need to improve their defense, and they may have a tough time against the Devils.

Defensively, the Sabres have struggled this season, allowing an average of 3.64 goals per game. Their goaltending situation has been inconsistent, with Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Craig Anderson splitting time in net. While Luukkonen has shown flashes of brilliance, his .892 save percentage and 3.61 goals against average are a cause for concern. The Sabres will need their defense to step up and help out their goaltenders if they want to have a chance in this game.

 

New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are 50-22-8 for the season, with a 23-13-4 record at home. They have been consistent lately, winning three of their last five games. They have one of the best defenses in the league, allowing an average of 2.70 goals per game, but their offense has been slightly less impressive, averaging 3.48 goals per game. The Devils are confident in their ability to play defense, and they have shown this in their recent games, where they have allowed only a total of four goals in three games.

Their top scorer, Jack Hughes, has 96 points, 42 goals, and 54 assists this season, while their top goalie, V. Vanecek, has 32 wins, 11 losses, 4 overtime losses, and 3 shutouts, with a 2.46 goals against average and .910 save percentage. However, the Devils have a few injuries to worry about, with Curtis Lazar, Michael McLeod, and Dougie Hamilton all out or day-to-day. Despite this, the Devils are confident in their ability to win against the Sabres, especially with their strong defense.

The Devils, have been one of the best defensive teams in the league this season, allowing just 2.70 goals per game. Their goaltending duo of Vitek Vanecek and Mackenzie Blackwood has been solid all season, with Vanecek posting a .910 save percentage and Blackwood posting a .899 save percentage. The Devils also have a strong defensive corps, led by Dougie Hamilton and Damon Severson. If the Devils can continue to play tight defense, they will have a good chance of winning this game.

 

Prediction

Based on the offensive firepower of both teams and the defensive struggles of the Sabres, it is likely that this game will be a high-scoring affair. The over/under for this game is set at 7, which is a high total, but it is certainly achievable given the offensive talent on both sides. With the Devils playing at home and boasting a strong defense, they are the favorites to win this game. However, the Sabres have a potent offense that can create scoring chances in a hurry, so this game could go either way.

 

Pick: Over 7 goals

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