Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (37-16-7) vs Buffalo Sabres (20-32-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -250 / Buffalo Sabres +210 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Buffalo Sabres in Friday 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 Calgary Flames get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 37-16-7. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 60 games, the Flames have scored 210 goals, giving them an average of 3.47. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.43 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 20th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.

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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.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 60 games, he has come up with 27 goals and 52 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 30 goals, 27.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +44. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.09 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Buffalo Sabres have a per-game scoring differential of -0.83. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they are losing road games by an average of -1.1 goals. Heading into their game with the Calgary Flames, the Sabres have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 14 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the overall scoring. On the other side, the Flames have scored 17 goals over their past 5 games, accounting for 59.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.47 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Flames to come away with the win in this matchup.

 

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