Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers - 3/27/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (41-19-5) vs Buffalo Sabres (23-33-9)
Game Info: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers -274 / Buffalo Sabres +246 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday NHL Action.
The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 23-33-9. Through 65 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 174 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 25th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.46 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th ranked team in the NHL.
The New York Rangers get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 41-19-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 65 games, the Rangers have scored 198 goals, giving them an average of 2.98. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.55 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 12th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.
Through 61 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 19 assists to go along with his 26 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are --9.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.04 goals per game.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers' leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 65 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 58 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.2%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 44 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.11 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Buffalo's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-31-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 15-17. 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 Rangers have an over-under record of 25-39-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 12-18. On the season, 43.0% of New York Rangers' games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. Even with a line set at 5.5 goals, look for the Rangers and Sabres to fall below the betting line.
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