Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings 12/23/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/22/2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit
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On Tuesday night, the struggling offense of the Buffalo Sabres will be going up against the Detroit Red Wings. In their first meeting this year, the Sabres defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in the shootout.
The Sabres gave up a late third-period lead to the Boston Bruins on Sunday night and ended up losing 4-3 in overtime. They were outshot 37-28 in that loss and allowed the Bruins to score on their only power play opportunity.
So far this season, the Sabres are near the bottom of the league in both scoring and power play percentage. Center Zemgus Girgensons currently leads the team in goals with eight, while center Tyler Ennis has a team-high 23 points. Netminder Jhonas Enroth has a 10-11-2 record this year with a .912 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA.
On Sunday night, the Red Wings lost their sixth game in a row when the Colorado Avalanche beat them 2-1 in the shootout. They lost despite going 1-for-4 on the power play in that game and outshooting the Avs 35-23.
Detroit’s defense has barely given up more than two goals per game this year, and they also have one of the best penalty kills in the league. Veteran goalie Jimmy Howard is now 13-5-7 on the season with a .921 save percentage and a 2.06 GAA. Their top point-getter is Henrik Zetterberg, who has six goals and 22 assists through 34 games.
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
Buffalo Sabres are 13-21-0 Against the Spread
Buffalo Sabres are 15-13-0 against the Over/Under
Detroit Red Wings Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings are 17-17-0 Against the Spread
Detroit Red Wings are 15-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/21/14 RW Brian Gionta Upper Body injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs Detroit
12/21/14 LW Marcus Foligno Upper Body injured last game, expected to miss Tuesday vs Detroit
12/21/14 LW Matt Moulson Illness "?" Tuesday vs Detroit
12/21/14 RW Patrick Kaleta Illness "?" Tuesday vs Detroit
12/21/14 D Tyler Myers Lower Body "?" Tuesday vs Detroit
12/19/14 C Cody McCormick Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/18/14 C Torrey Mitchell Lower Body out indefinitely
12/13/14 D Mike Weber Knee out indefinitely
10/31/14 GO Matt Hackett Knee out indefinitely
Detroit Red Wings
12/21/14 GO Jimmy Howard Lower Body "?" Tuesday vs Buffalo
12/21/14 C Stephen Weiss Shoulder "?" Tuesday vs Buffalo
11/07/14 GO Jonas Gustavsson Shoulder expected to miss 2 months
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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