Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (27-42-7) vs Buffalo Sabres (29-38-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -138 / Buffalo Sabres +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres in Thursday NHL Action

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-38-11. Through 78 games, the Sabres are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 219 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.53 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 8th 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 New Jersey Devils get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 27-42-7. This mark places them 7th in the Metropolitan division. Through 76 games, the Devils have scored 234 goals, giving them an average of 3.04. This output gives them a rank of 18th among NHL teams.On defense, New Jersey is the 27th-ranked unit, giving up 3.62 goals per contest. So far, the Devils have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New Jersey's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 74 games, the Buffalo Sabres goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 27 assists to go along with his 31 goals. However, when on the ice the Sabres are --16.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the New Jersey Devils leader in points is Jesper Bratt. In New Jersey's 76 games, he has come up with 25 goals and 45 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Jack Hughes. Of his 26 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. New Jersey's top goalie is Nico Daws, who is giving up an average of 3.11 goals per game.In his 25 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 30 percent of the time.

In Buffalo's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-34-3. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-2. On the season 60.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. In New Jersey's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-17-1. On the season, 62.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. Look for this matchup between New Jersey and Buffalo to feature a lot of offense, as each team's goalie groups have save percentages well below the NHL average.

 

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