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NHL Betting: Red Wings A Solid Play This Season As Home Favorite

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The Detroit Red Wings already beat the Buffalo Sabres this season and covered as the away favorite.

The Detroit Red Wings aren’t often favored to win on the ice. However, when the Wings are the favored team, are they ever a productive play.

The Red Wings will take the ice Saturday at Little Caesars Arena as the -200 chalk over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. It’s just the sixth time in 21 NHL games this season that Detroit is favored to win. Overall, the Wings are 4-1 straight up as the betting favorite this season. They are a perfect 3-0 SU as the home chalk during the 2021-22 NHL campaign.

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Red Wings vs Sabres Preview

The Red Wings are proving to be a solid home squad this season. Detroit is a stellar 6-2-2 at LCA so far.

The Wings came home from a disappointing 0-3-1 road trip and bounced the St. Louis Blues 4-2 at home on Wednesday. Detroit is a well-rested club. While the Wings players were enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, the Sabres were playing the Montreal Canadiens at home on Friday. The Sabres are 0-3 SU this season when playing the second game of back-to-backs.

Buffalo won 4-1 to halt a four-game losing skid. The Sabres are also 1-5 over the last six road games. Since a 5-1-2 start, Buffalo has gone 3-10-1.

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Red Wings-Sabres Injury Report

Detroit will be without defenseman Danny DeKeyser (COVID-19 protocols) and center Joe Veleno (upper-body injury). Defenseman Marc Staal (non-COVID illness) is a game-time decision. Defenseman Troy Stecher (wrist surgery) and forwards Jakub Vrana (shoulder surgery) and Mitchell Stephens (lower-body injury) are out long term.

Buffalo is missing No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson (upper-body injury) and forwards Drake Caggiula (upper-body injury), Casey Mittelsteadt (upper-body injury) and Alex Tuch (upper-body injury).

Detroit vs Buffalo Prediction

Buffalo has won five straight at Detroit. However, those victories were against a different, weaker Red Wings club. Detroit already rallied from a 3-1 deficit earlier this month to beat the Sabres 4-3 in overtime at Buffalo.

The Wings have won four of their past five home games. Detroit is also 3-2 on the puckline over the past five home games. The total is 2-7-1 in Detroit’s 10 games this season at LCA.

A straight bet on the Red Wings in the moneyline looks to be the best play here.
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