Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres 1-12-23

Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres 1/12/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres 1/12/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Winnipeg Jets will be at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, to face off with the host team the Sabres on Thursday evening.


Winnipeg (26-14-1) enters this inter-division competition following an upset road loss to the Detroit Red Wings at 5-7 on Tuesday night that snapped a five-game winning streak.


However, the Jets are still one of the NHL’s best teams as Winnipeg is just three points away from the first-place seat in the Central Division this season.


Center Mark Scheifele led the offense for the Jets with a power-play goal on assists from LWs Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers in the losing effort.      


The Winnipeg Jets’ offense is augmented by their best player of the season and superstar left-wingman Kyle Connor who recorded a team-high 50 points and 23 goals with 30 assists on 138 shots on goal through 41 games played this season.


Connor will lead Winnipeg versus the Sabres and will be backed up by their competent starting goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck on Thursday.  


The totals went UNDER in 10 of the Jets’ last 13 matches and Winnipeg is 5-1 straight up in its last 6 contests played.


The totals went UNDER in 6 of the Jets’ last 7 road outings and also went UNDER in 11 of Winnipeg’s last 16 games played versus a rival from the Eastern Conference.  


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Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres Predictions 1/12/2023


The Buffalo Sabres will continue a homestand after a disappointing loss at home and will try to bounce back by hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday evening.


Buffalo (20-17-2) comes into this match-up after losing two consecutive outings including a 3-4 loss at home to the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday evening.


The Sabres had improved a lot on their play this season but still can’t just get themselves a playoff seat this season.


Buffalo with 42 total points this season and 9-10-2 at home is six points away from the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.  


Right-wingman Tage Thompson is the Sabres’ best player on the season with 57 points after punching in a team-high 31 goals with 26 assists on 166 shots.


Thompson is expected to acquire a total of over 50 goals for the first time in his pro hockey career. Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is 11 points behind Thompson at 46 and Buffalo’s top setter with 33 assists (18 PPA).


The Buffalo Sabres tallied 151 goals, 256 assists, and 407 points on 1,251 total shots made this season.    


The totals went OVER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 7 games and the Sabres are 8-3 straight up in their last 11 contests played.


The totals went UNDER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 6 matches played versus Winnipeg and also went over in 7 of the Sabres’ last 9 home outings.


Winnipeg Jets vs. Buffalo Sabres. The NHL Pick for this contest is Winnipeg -133. The Jets gave up seven goals to the weak Detroit Red Wings but they still have momentum after five successive wins before the loss.


The Sabres are on the run with 6 points away from the final wildcard slot in the Eastern Conference. Winnipeg will take control of this match on the road with a 10-8-1 record against Buffalo with a 9-10-2 home record.


Prediction: Winnipeg Jets will win 5-4.


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Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres 1/12/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET


Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY


Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023                 




NHL Odds/Point Spread: Winnipeg Jets -133           


NHL Totals: 6.0


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