Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres - 2/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres - 2/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (14-24-7) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (21-22-1)

Game Info: Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -111 / Columbus Blue Jackets -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets Host The Buffalo Sabres In Thursday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 14-24-7. Through 45 games, the Sabres are 7th in the Atlantic Division.On the season, they have found the net 117 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average of 3.47 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 27th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 21-22-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 44 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 141 goals, giving them an average of 3.14. This output gives Columbus a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 29th ranked unit, giving up 3.68 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, Columbus comes in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 45 games, Buffalo's leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. With his 12 goals, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 28. On the season, he is turning 12.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sabres have benefited from the strong play of Tage Thompson, Buffalo's overall leader in points. In his team's 45 games, he has come up with 14 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.8%. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -10.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average 2.62 goals per game.

Through 44 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 32 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.7%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 17 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -26 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.41 goals per game. In his 28 games, he has come up with a quality start just 48% percent of the time.

In 5 on 5 situations, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a shooting percentage of 8.7%, placing them above the league average. So far, they have been much better than the Sabres who, are struggling to generate quality shots during even play. According to advanced metrics tracking the quality of a team's shots, the Blue Jackets have 12.0 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 5.84 high danger scoring chances per game. Look for Columbus to pick up a home win over Buffalo.

 

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Joe’s Pick Blue Jackets -111

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