Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (16-24-8) vs Ottawa Senators (17-25-4)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +130 / Ottawa Senators +162 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators in Thursday NHL Action.

The Ottawa Senators come into this road contest with an overall record of 17-25-4. Through 46 games, the Senators are 7th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 124 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Ottawa is the 23rd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.24 goals per game. So far, the Senators have a strength of schedule rating of 1st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 21st ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Ottawa Senators with an overall record of 16-24-8. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 48 games, the Sabres have scored 131 goals, giving them an average of 2.69. This output gives them a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.46 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Buffalo's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 29th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In his team's 46 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 20 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.9%.While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.88 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 11 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 46 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Jeff Skinner, with 34 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 15.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tage Thompson, who has 18 assists to go along with his 16 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -4.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 2.67 goals per game. In his 9 games played, he has turned in 5 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Senators have an over-under record of 17-28-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 8-13-1. On the season, 41.0% of Ottawa's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 42.0% of the scoring coming from the Senators. On the other side, in Buffalo's 48 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 24-23-1. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 13-10-1. On the season, 52.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. Look for this game to fall below the line of 6 goals.

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