Minnesota Wild at Buffalo Sabres - 3/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (17-30-8) vs Minnesota Wild (31-17-3)
Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +220 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres host the Minnesota Wild in Friday NHL Action.
The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-17-3. Through 51 games, the Wild are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 191 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 18th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.12 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 16th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 17-30-8. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 55 games, the Sabres have scored 148 goals, giving them an average of 2.65. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.55 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 29th 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 30th in the NHL.
Through 50 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 36 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.98 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 51 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 41 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 18 assists to go along with his 21 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -8.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 2.87 goals per game. In his 14 games played, he has come up with a quality start at a rate of 50%.
In Minnesota's 51 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-17-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 12-13-1. On the season, 65.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Wild. In Buffalo's 55 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 26-25. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 14-12. On the season, 55.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. With a line sitting at 6 goals, I recommend taking the over.
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