Buffalo Sabres at St. Louis Blues - 2/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at St. Louis Blues - 2/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (30-14-6) vs Buffalo Sabres (16-28-8)

Game Info: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -163 / Buffalo Sabres +350 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Blues host the Buffalo Sabres in Friday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 16-28-8. Through 52 games, the Sabres are 7th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 138 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 29th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.56 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 30th 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 St. Louis Blues get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 30-14-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 50 games, the Blues have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 3.54. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, St. Louis is the 5th ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest. So far, the Blues have played the 18th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account St. Louis's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 5th in the NHL.

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Through 52 games, the Buffalo Sabres' leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 36. On the season, he is turning 12.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sabres have benefited from the strong play of Tage Thompson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Buffalo's 52 games, he has come up with 20 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.5%. 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 of 2.92 goals per game. In his 12 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

In St. Louis's 50 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-19. So far, the Blues have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 17 of their 26 games at Enterprise Center. On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of 0.82. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.25 goals. Heading into their game with the Buffalo Sabres, the Blues have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 69.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.54 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Blues to stay hot in a win over the Sabres.


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