Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, Odds, NHL Picks [12/19/2023]

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, Odds, NHL Picks  [12/19/2023]

The Buffalo Sabres will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL action at KeyBank Center on Tuesday, beginning at 7:00PM ET.'s in-depth betting preview for Tuesday's Blue Jackets vs. Sabres matchup includes the latest betting odds, as well as our predictions and picks for the game.

Blue Jackets vs. Sabres Prediction: Who Will Win, Cover the Spread

We have used advanced machine learning and statistical analysis to simulate the outcome of Tuesday's NHL game between the Blue Jackets and Sabres 10,000 times, in line with our coverage of NHL picks.

Our proven predictive analytics model currently gives the Sabres a 61% chance of defeating the Blue Jackets.

According to our model, the Blue Jackets (+1.5) have a 60% chance of covering the puck line, while the 6.5-goal Over/Under has a 52% chance of going over.

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Blue Jackets vs. Sabres Odds

We have researched the best betting odds in America for this game, which are listed here:

Bet Type Blue Jackets Sabres
Puck Line +1.5 (-142) -1.5 (+124)
Moneyline +162 -190
Total o6.5 (-145) u6.5 (+120)
  • The Sabres are -1.5 favorites versus the Blue Jackets, with +124 at DraftKings Sportsbook the best odds currently available.
  • For the underdog Blue Jackets (+1.5) to cover the puck line, FanDuel Sportsbook has the best odds currently on the market at -142.
  • BetMGM Sportsbook currently has the best moneyline odds for the Sabres at -190. That means you can risk $190 to win $100 for a total payout of $290 if they get the W.
  • Elsewhere, FanDuel currently has the best moneyline odds for the Blue Jackets at +162, where you can bet $100 to profit $162, earning a total payout of $262 if they win.
  • The Over/Under is set at 6.5 with DraftKings, which currently has the best odds for the Over at -145, while FanDuel currently has the best odds for the Under at +120.

All odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

As always, check out all the legal sports betting sites available in your state for the best NHL odds and lines.

Blue Jackets vs. Sabres Picks

By comparing our predictions to the odds listed above, we have found the best betting picks to make on this game:

Bet Type Our Pick Best Odds
Puck Line Blue Jackets +1.5 -142
Moneyline Blue Jackets +162
Total Under 6.5 +120


While the Sabres are more likely to win the game, betting on the Blue Jackets moneyline is the best option because of the edge found when comparing our data-led probabilities to the betting odds currently available.

Taking advantage of the edges published here at Dimers is crucial to achieving long-term profitability.

Furthermore, despite the Over being more likely to hit on this occasion, Under 6.5 is our best bet on account of the better odds (+120) that are available from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Our NHL best bets are based on detailed modeling and betting intelligence to bring you the best possible plays every day of the year.

Blue Jackets vs. Sabres Player Props

Who will score the first goal in Blue Jackets vs. Sabres?

According to our model, Buffalo's Tage Thompson is most likely to score the first goal in Blue Jackets vs. Sabres.

Our projections give Thompson an 8.5% chance of scoring the first goal at KeyBank Center, while the Sabres star is a 43.3% chance of registering an anytime goal.

First Goal Scorer Predictions

Columbus Blue Jackets

Player First Goal Probability
Kirill Marchenko 5.4%
Justin Danforth 4.7%
Yegor Chinakhov 4.0%
Adam Fantilli 3.5%
Kent Johnson 3.4%

Buffalo Sabres

Player First Goal Probability
Tage Thompson 8.5%
Alex Tuch 7.8%
Dylan Cozens 5.8%
Casey Mittelstadt 4.4%
John-Jason Peterka 4.0%

Anytime Goal Scorer Predictions

Columbus Blue Jackets

Player Anytime Goal Probability
Kirill Marchenko 27.7%
Justin Danforth 25.6%
Yegor Chinakhov 22.8%
Johnny Gaudreau 21.0%
Kent Johnson 20.1%

Buffalo Sabres

Player Anytime Goal Probability
Tage Thompson 43.3%
Alex Tuch 38.8%
Dylan Cozens 31.2%
Casey Mittelstadt 28.1%
John-Jason Peterka 23.2%
Don't forget, our model updates regularly, so check this page for the latest betting analysis ahead of the Blue Jackets vs. Sabres on Tuesday December 19, 2023.

Blue Jackets vs. Sabres Game Information

Tuesday's game between the Sabres and Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center is scheduled to begin at 7:00PM ET.


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This preview article has been partially generated using automated processes and AI technology. Our goal is to provide timely and accurate updates on Tuesday's Blue Jackets vs. Sabres contest, and automation assists in data collection, analysis, and formatting. Human editing and quality control are performed to ensure the content meets our editorial standards.

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