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.
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.
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.