Betting on today's Sabres and Senators game? Catch the action at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, as the Senators hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. This Atlantic division matchup has an over/under of 7 goals, and the Senators are favored to win at home vs. the Sabres.


The Pick: Ottawa Senators -1.5

This game will be played at Canadian Tire Centre at 6:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.


  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Sabres winning this game by a score of 4-3.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+127)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Buffalo Stun the Crowd at Canadian Tire Centre?

As they head into their game vs. the Senators, the Sabres have a 15-18-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 8-9-1, and they have 7-9-3 mark on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 14th.

Regarding the puck line, Buffalo comes in with a 18-19 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 12-7, while their home record is 6-12. This season, Buffalo's games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Sabres currently have an over/under record of 16-20-1.

In their last three road games, Buffalo has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team's record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.

When looking at their offense, the Sabres have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 6th in the league. Looking at how the Sabres' offense is performing during power plays, they are 29th in power play goals and 18th in shorthanded goals.

Buffalo's current leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 29th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 11 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Senators head into the game ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Ottawa. So far, they are 22nd in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Devon Levi has started 15 games this season. His current record stands at 7-5, and his save percentage is 0.62%.

Is a Home Win Possible for Ottawa?

Facing the Sabres, the Senators have a record of 13-18-0 so far. At home, their record is 9-10-0 and 4-8-0 on the road. This record has them sitting 8th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 16th in the Eastern conference.

Against the puck line, Ottawa is 14-17. Their road puck line record so far is 6-6 while sitting 8-11 at home against the puckline. This season, Ottawa's games have an average of 7 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Senators come in with an over/under performance of 17-11-3.

Although Ottawa has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

When looking at their offense, the Senators have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 28th in the league. Ottawa's offense comes into the game ranked 21st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 23rd in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Ottawa's offense is Brady Tkachuk. Coming into the game he has 16 goals, ranking 20th in the NHL. Tkachuk also comes into the game with 10 assists.

Ottawa defense takes on the Sabres ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Ottawa. They alsso are 22nd in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Anton Forsberg gets the start and has made 11 starts this season. His record at this point is 6-6, and his save percentage is 0.43%.