Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (27-38-11) vs Philadelphia Flyers (23-40-11)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -133 / Philadelphia Flyers +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers in Saturday NHL Action.

The Philadelphia Flyers come into this road contest with an overall record of 23-40-11. Through 74 games, the Flyers are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 190 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Philadelphia is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.58 goals per game. So far, the Flyers have a strength of schedule rating of 1st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Philadelphia Flyers with an overall record of 27-38-11. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 76 games, the Sabres have scored 210 goals, giving them an average of 2.72. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 27th ranked unit, giving up 3.54 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 3rd 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 26th in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the Philadelphia Flyers goal and overall scoring leader is Cam Atkinson with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.7%. So far, 9.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Travis Konecny, who has 32 assists to go along with his 13 goals. However, when on the ice the Flyers are --21 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Through 72 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 24 assists to go along with his 31 goals. However, when on the ice the Sabres are -15.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

In Philadelphia's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-35-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-19-1. On the season, 55.0% of Philadelphia's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Flyers. In Buffalo's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-34-3. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-16-1. On the season, 59.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. Even though both Buffalo and Philadelphia struggle to create offensive opportunites, they each benefit from playing against below-average defensive units. I like the over at 6 goals.

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