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Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres Pick and Betting Preview

Detroit pays a visit to Buffalo on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Sabres snipers in hockey action at First Niagara Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Detroit Red Wings before puck drop in this match found them as -121 moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

A 3.1-2.4 result in favor of the Sabres is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Detroit Red Wings have seen them go 18-13-7 so far this season, while the Sabres are at 15-18-4. In totals betting, the Buffalo Sabres are 12-15-10, while the Red Wings are 13-17-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Buffalo vs Detroit injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 22 (Buffalo Sabres) and the No. 18 (Detroit Red Wings) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Buffalo's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 2.32 goals per game, against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.71 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 19.33% while the Red Wings defense kills off 79.34% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Penguins on December 31. Bettors who backed the Penguins at +126 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Sabres were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -154 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Detroit is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Buffalo
  • Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
  • Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 9 games
  • Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at New Jersey, Monday, January 4th
Buffalo home to Florida, Tuesday, January 5th