Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (24-32-10) vs Buffalo Sabres (23-33-9)
Game Info: Monday, March 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks -159 / Buffalo Sabres +128 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks host the Buffalo Sabres in Monday 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 24th 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 22nd 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 Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 24-32-10. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 66 games, the Blackhawks have scored 179 goals, giving them an average of 2.65. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.44 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 26th 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.
Through 66 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 37 goals and 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 62. On the season, he is turning 16.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 66 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -13 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 49 percent of the time.
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. In Chicago's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-29-5. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 14-16-2. On the season, 59.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. I see the Sabres having a big offensive night, carrying this game over the line of 6 goals.
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