Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres predictions, NHL predictions, NHL odds

Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres predictions

Face-off: 2000 ET, 14/12/2021

Venue: Canada Life Centre

Winnipeg can boast a solid 9-4-1 record at Canada Life Centre this season and that is good enough for them to get our vote versus Buffalo.

The struggling Sabres have gone seven matches without a win and have only prevailed twice from 11 road trips during a tough campaign.

Recent matches between these teams have been low scoring, with just 12 goals netted in the last four head-to-head meetings.

Let’s start off our Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres predictions by taking 2.25 for a home win and under 6.5 goals.

Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg suffered a double blow when shaded 4-3 by Vancouver in a shootout, with Blake Wheeler rocked by a late injury.

Having recently passed 1,000 games, the in-form veteran had a goal and two assists before his right knee buckled in a collision.

However, the Jets had won four of their previous six matches and again played well, only to be denied by some Thatcher Demko heroics.

Head coach Paul Maurice said of his front men: “It might be as fine a game as I’ve seen that line play.

“They’ve had big nights before but they looked like they could just do it on every shift and against good players.”

Kyle Connor also scored three points against the Canucks and NHL odds.

Buffalo Sabres Odds

Buffalo just can’t catch a break at the moment and they also suffered shootout agony when going down 3-2 at home to Washington.

It was especially tough on Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who made 40 saves after previously completing 29 in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

Head coach Don Granato said: “Two nights in a row against two extremely talented hockey teams, there have been lots of really good things.

“We had some doubt in our game going into these last two games but we can’t be influenced by things around us, you’ve got to be in the moment – and I thought our guys were.

“You can be disappointed with the end result. You’re never happy, you’re never content until you’re winning.

“But we know we’re in the middle of a process. You’ve got to have that effort and that energy – and we did.”

The Sabres have been strong in the second period of games this term, with only three teams scoring more times in that stanza.

Winnipeg are tied for ninth in the middle section goals table, so 2.35 for both to net in P2 is worth adding to our NHL predictions.

However, the Jets still get the nod to win the match by one in regular time at 7.25.

Additional stats

Last result:

Vancouver 4-3 WINNIPEG (SO)

BUFFALO 2-3 Washington (SO)

Head-to-head: Winnipeg 3-1 Buffalo, Buffalo 2-1 Winnipeg, Buffalo 1-3 Winnipeg, Winnipeg 0-1 Buffalo

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