Buffalo Sabres at Vancouver Canucks - 3/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Vancouver Canucks - 3/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (30-25-7) vs Buffalo Sabres (21-33-8)

Game Info: Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

Betting Odds: Vancouver Canucks -217 / Buffalo Sabres +176 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vancouver Canucks host the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 21-33-8. Through 62 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 164 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.5 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 29th ranked team in the NHL. The Vancouver Canucks get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 30-25-7.

This mark places them 5th in the Pacific division. Through 62 games, the Canucks have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 2.84. This output gives them a rank of 21st among NHL teams. On defense, Vancouver is the 14th ranked unit, giving up 2.82 goals per contest. So far, the Canucks have played the 18th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vancouver's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.

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Through 58 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 45 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 24.0% 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 -12.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.12 goals per game.

Through 60 games, the Vancouver Canucks' goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller, with 73 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.7%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 44 assists to go along with his 5 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.63 goals per game. In his 50 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Vancouver Canucks have a per-game scoring differential of 0.02. However, the Canucks' scoring differential turns negative, at -0.22. As the Vancouver Canucks get set to take on the Sabres, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the scoring in these contests. Even though the team is not finding success in the win column, they come into this game playing well on offense. In their past five games, they have outscored their average of 2.84 goals per game 3 times. Loo for Vancouver to have a big scoring night against a Sabres defense that has struggled to slow down their opponents all year long. I am taking the Canucks on the moneyline.

 

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