Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres - 3/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres - 3/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (18-31-8) vs Florida Panthers (37-13-5)

Game Info: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +300 / Florida Panthers -150 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Florida Panthers in Monday NHL Action.

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-13-5. Through 55 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 227 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.91 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 10th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Florida Panthers 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 26th 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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Through 55 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 27 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 52. On the season, he is turning 17.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 55 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 23. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.54 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 56 games, Buffalo's 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 Florida's 55 games, they have an ATS record of 31-24, including going 14-10 vs the spread on the road. Even though the Panthers are just 2-3 over their past 5 contests, they still have an average scoring differential of +1.15 goals per game. Look for Florida to pick up a win over a struggling Sabres unit.

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Joe’s Pick Panthers -150

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