Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (45-17-8) vs Buffalo Sabres (26-34-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -200 / Buffalo Sabres +425 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-34-11. Through 71 games, the Sabres are 5th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 197 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 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 26th ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 45-17-8. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 70 games, the Hurricanes have scored 232 goals, giving them an average of 3.3. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams.On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.37 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 67 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 55 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.7%. 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 29 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 3.02 goals per game.

Through 67 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 16.1%. 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 2.07 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Buffalo's 71 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-33-1. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-17. On the season, 58.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 32-38. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-22. On the season, 50.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. Both the Hurricanes and Flames come into this game within the top 10 in high danger scoring chances created. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, going over the line of 6 goals.

 

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