Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (25-33-11) vs Florida Panthers (47-15-6)

Game Info: Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +202 / Florida Panthers -256 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Florida Panthers host the Buffalo Sabres in Sunday NHL Action.

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 25-33-11.Through 69 games, the Sabres are 5th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 190 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 3.48 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 19th 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 Florida Panthers get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 46-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 67 games, the Panthers have scored 275 goals, giving them an average of 4.06. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams.On defense, Florida is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.85 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 26th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.

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Through 65 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 53 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.7%. So far, 23.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 21 assists to go along with his 27 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 3.06 goals per game.

Through 67 games, Florida's leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 31 goals and 37 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 68. On the season, he is turning 17.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 67 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +26. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.55 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 67 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 36-32. So far, the Panthers have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 20 of their 34 games at BB&T Center. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential of 1.19. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.45 goals. Heading into their game with the Buffalo Sabres, the Panthers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 58% of the overall scoring. Look for Florida to pick up the easy win over Buffalo.

 

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Joe’s Pick Panthers -256

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