Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres - 3/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres - 3/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (18-30-8) vs Los Angeles Kings (30-19-7)

Game Info: Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +139 / Los Angeles Kings -172 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Los Angeles Kings in Sunday NHL Action.

The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-19-7. Through 56 games, the Kings are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 166 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 18-30-8. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 56 games, the Sabres have scored 153 goals, giving them an average of 2.7. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 29th 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 29th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In his team's 56 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 36 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.9%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -7 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 25 goals, 16.0% have come during power play time. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game.

Through 56 games, Buffalo' leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. With his 23 goals and 18 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 41. On the season, he is turning 13.0% 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 56 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -11.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 2.94 goals per game. In his 15 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47% percent of the time.

In Los Angeles's 56 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 33-23. So far, the Kings have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 19 of their 28 road games. On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have a per-game scoring differential of 0.11. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.14 goals. Heading into their game with the Buffalo Sabres, the Kings have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 48.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.93 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Kings to pick up a road win over the Sabres.

 

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