Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (24-33-11) vs Nashville Predators (39-24-4)
Game Info: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +144 / Nashville Predators -179 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres host the Nashville Predators in Friday NHL Action.
The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 39-24-4. Through 67 games, the Predators are 4th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 221 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 11th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.88 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 24-33-11. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 68 games, the Sabres have scored 186 goals, giving them an average of 2.69. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.49 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 20th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Buffalo's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In his team's 67 games, he has come up with 18 goals and 63 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 37 goals, 19.0% have come during power play time. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.55 goals per game. In his 56 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 64 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 51 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 20 assists to go along with his 27 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -10.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.07 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 48 percent of the time.
In Nashville's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-27. So far, taking the over when the Predators are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-9. On the season, 60.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. In Buffalo's 68 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-32-1. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-15-1. On the season, 56.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. With an over-under betting line set at 5.5 goals, look for this matchup to surpass this number in what should be a higher scoring game than expected.
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