Buffalo Sabres (32-39-10, 74 points) @ Detroit Red Wings (32-39-10, 74 points)
April 6, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (Little Caesars Arena)
Moneyline: Buffalo Sabres +105/ Detroit Red Wings -125
Puckline: Detroit Red Wings -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres come into Detroit with the worst record in the past 10 games. At 2-7-1, the Sabres have done quite well in descending the standings, but can they lock in their spot tonight?
Finding it difficult to lose, the Red Wings finally look like a formidable opponent, going 8-2 in their last ten games. Will they finish the season as the hottest team in the league?
There isn’t much left to be said about the Buffalo Sabres and their up and down season. They were once on top of the league during a ten-game winning streak. They now own the worst record comparing every NHL team’s last ten game stretch.
A series of ups and downs have led to finishing somewhere between 26th and 28th in standings. Going back to last season, and the addition of Rasmus Dahlin (34A and 42 points in the rookie’s first season), a scenario the Sabres are very familiar with.
As the Sabres plummeted down the proverbial ladder, stars like Jack Eichel still continued to shine. His 28 goals and 80 points make a standout for a franchise looking for a star. The only question now is whether the Sabres will be drafting another top forward, once the draft order is announced on Tuesday.
Detroit Red Wings
Being number two has been synonymous with the Red Wings and their crappy play during the 2018-19 season. However, the number two’s significance now is in reference to the Red Wings amassing the second most points, of any NHL team, in the past ten games.
In the most recent eight games, the Red Wings top lines have shined. Dylan Larkin walked away with 13 points while Andreas Athanasiou had eight points and Anthony Mantha earned 15 points.
Not to be missed, Tyler Bertuzzi’s play in the last three wins resulted in 16 points, with six goals and ten assists. Bertuzzi is now the first Red Wings to record four-straight, three-point games.
Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Buffalo is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games
Sabres are 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Buffalo is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Red Wings are 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games
Free NHL Predictions: Buffalo Sabres @ Detroit Red Wings
The final game of the season is upon us and with all of the playoff spots having been claimed, it appears the only thing left to settle is draft lottery positions. The Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres have an opportunity to land the 28th spot, but with a win, could jump all the way to 26.
In my opinion, neither team should be trying to win tonight, as the punishment for victory could be severe enough to affect a team for decades.
That being said, there has to be a winner. The Red Wings finally lost a game, this past Thursday, but it is very possible that they jump right back onto the “winning-train”, with the Sabres limping into town.
I think Buffalo has the potential to be steamrolled in this one. This is the last home game of the season, for the Wings, and Detroit has been pretty dead set on proving something in the last week. Neither one of these teams are good Fenwick Franchises, but the Wings do better in the faceoff circle.
Home ice, Face-Off dominance, and momentum are going to bring the fans of the Red Wings (while maybe reluctantly) a victory.