Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres - 4/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres - 4/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (25-34-11) vs Carolina Hurricanes (45-16-8)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +188 / Carolina Hurricanes -250 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 45-16-8. Through 69 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 230 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.35 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes 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 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 25-34-11. This mark places them 5th in the Atlantic division. Through 70 games, the Sabres have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 2.71. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams.On defense, Buffalo is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.5 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 16th 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.

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Through 66 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 69 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.4%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 33 assists to go along with his 27 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +16.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.03 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 66 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 54 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 22 assists to go along with his 28 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 3.06 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

On the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a per-game scoring differential of 0.96. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.76 goals. Heading into their game with the Buffalo Sabres, the Hurricanes have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 68.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.32 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Panthers to pick up an easy win over a struggling Sabres unit.


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