Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (24-23-1) vs Buffalo Sabres (16-26-8)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -105 / Buffalo Sabres +225 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 16-25-8. Through 49 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 132 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.45 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 29th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 24-23-1. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 48 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 156 goals, giving them an average of 3.19. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.67 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 20th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 47 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 13.6%. 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 -6.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 2.6 goals per game. In his 10 games played, he has turned in 6 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 48 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 37 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 31 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -8 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45% percent of the time.

In Buffalo's 49 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 25-24-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 11-13-0. On the season, 51.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. In Columbus' 48 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 31-14-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 15-6-2. On the season, 71.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Look for this matchup between Buffalo and Blue Jackets to finish below the over-under line of 6 goals.

 

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