Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (31-38-11) vs Chicago Blackhawks (28-42-11)

Game Info: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -128 / Chicago Blackhawks +104 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Chicago Blackhawks in Friday NHL Action.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-42-11. Through 81 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 217 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 26th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.53 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 31-38-11. This mark places them 5th in the Atlantic division. Through 80 games, the Sabres have scored 229 goals, giving them an average of 2.83. This output gives them a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.5 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 11th 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 81 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 77. On the season, he is turning 15.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 81 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.1%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -18 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game.

Through 76 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 67 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 29 assists to go along with his 33 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -13.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.12 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

In Chicago's 81 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-35-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 21-16-3. On the season 59.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. In Buffalo's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-34-3. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-16-1. On the season 61.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. Given that both teams come into this matchup with two of the worst goalie units in the NHL, look for this matchup to surpass the line of 6.5 goals.

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