Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (33-23-4) vs Buffalo Sabres (20-32-8)
Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers -225 / Buffalo Sabres +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers host the Buffalo Sabres in Thursday NHL Action.
The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-32-8. Through 60 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 162 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.52 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 27th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 28th ranked team in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 33-23-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 60 games, the Oilers have scored 200 goals, giving them an average of 3.28. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.2 goals per contest. So far, the Oilers have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Edmonton's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.
Through 56 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 18 assists to go along with his 23 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 2.96 goals per game.
Through 60 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 39 goals and 44 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 83. On the season, he is turning 19.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 60 games, he has come up with 33 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.04 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 42 percent of the time.
In Buffalo's 60 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 30-29-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 14-15. 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. Coming into this game, the Oilers have an over-under record of 29-30-1. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 16-13. On the season, 63.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers. With a line at just 5.5 goals, I see this matchup finishing over this number, as throughout the season, each team has been a good bet on the over.
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