Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (49-15-6) vs Buffalo Sabres (26-34-11)

Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -200 / Buffalo Sabres +400 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-34-11. Through 71 games, the Sabres are 6th 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 Florida Panthers get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 49-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 70 games, the Panthers have scored 294 goals, giving them an average of 4.16. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams.On defense, Florida is the 15th ranked unit, giving up 2.94 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 29th 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 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 70 games, Florida's leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 34 goals and 42 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 76. On the season, he is turning 18.3% 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 70 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.3%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +30. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.71 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has turned in 27 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. In Florida's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-24-3. So far, taking the over when the Panthers are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 25-9-1. On the season 70.0% of Florida's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Panthers. With a line set at 7 goals, look for this matchup to finish below that number, in what should a lower scoring game than expected.

 

 

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