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Look for Buffalo's defensive woes to continue tonight as the Predators look to push their win streak to six straight. Tone's Takes is here with their prediction and pick for Thursday night's NHL action.
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Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction: Will the Sabres Defense Show Up Tonight in Nashville?

Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Thursday, January 13

Game Time: 8:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN+

Puck Line: Predators -2 (+115)

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The Nashville Predators are having an excellent yet somewhat surprising season. They are 24-11-2, with 50 points atop the Western Conference. The Predators are also streaking as they are 8-1-1 in their last ten and have won 5 in a row. In 6 games since the Covid break, they are averaging 4 goals per game. The Predators are averaging 3.25 goals for and 32 shots per game at home. In addition, their home power play is clicking at a 23.6 percent clip, which is ranked 9th in the league.

Nashville forward Matt Duchene has had a resurgence this season. After notching only 6 goals in 34 games last season, he has lit the lamp 16 times in 33 games this season, which is 2nd in the team. Duchene is also tied for 2nd on the team in points at 33, and his 7 power-play goals are tied for 1st on the team with Roman Josi.

The Buffalo Sabres have struggled this season. They are 10-19-6 with 26 points, and their -33 goal differential is 5th worst in the NHL. The Sabres are giving up 3.75 goals per game on the road, which is sixth-worst. They are also giving up 36.9 shots per game on the road, which is 2nd most. The Sabres don’t take many penalties, but they have given up 87 five on five goals which are the fourth-most in the league.

The Sabres have four goalies on the injury report, which means Aaron Dell is likely tonight’s starter. In four starts this year, Dell has given up at least four goals in each of them. Overall, as he has gotten some time in relief, he has a 4.51 GAA, and a .872 save percentage. I considered going over 4 at +108, but I’ll eat the juice at -140 as the Preds should roll tonight.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.

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