Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 10/20/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Calgary Flames
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome is the location where the Calgary Flames will go up against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
The Buffalo Sabres went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-2 victory against the Oilers in their previous outing. The Sabres had a good offensive outing in the win. For the matchup, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 24 shots they tried. In addition, they had 4 chances with the advantage and notched 1 goal. Buffalo garnered 10 penalty minutes in this game.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have totaled 13 power play tries (15th in pro hockey) and have a total of 2 goals in those attempts. The Sabres thus far have had 121 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .942. Buffalo has taken 87 shots and has a shot percentage of 12.6%. When at even strength, the Sabres have conceded 5 goals while earning 10 of their own. Buffalo has compiled 12 power play opportunities and they have added 1 goal during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 8.33%. For the current season, they sit with 4 points and their points % is .667. With regard to their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 11 goals (19th in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have given up 7.
The man in net for this game is Craig Anderson. Anderson has been involved in 684 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has amassed a mark of 309-264-71 and got the start in 598 games. The opposition has scored 1,841 goals versus Anderson in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.85. Anderson has had 20,975 shot attempts against him and has accrued 19,134 total saves. His save percentage is .912 during his 38,798 mins played. During his career on the ice, Anderson is sitting with 319 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .533.
The last time they were on the ice, Calgary went up against the Golden Knights in an outing where the Flames took home the win by a mark of 3-2. They had 6 power play chances in this matchup and recorded 2 out of those opportunities. The Flames netted 3 goals of the 40 shots on goal they attempted.
The Flames have 7 goals at even strength and 5 goals (5th in hockey) while on the power play. Calgary has taken 109 shots (19th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 11.01%, while allowing their opponents 75 shots. So far this season, the Calgary Flames have accumulated 12 goals, 6 points, in addition to a points percentage of 1.000. They have permitted 8 goals to be scored by way of 6 goals at even strength and 2 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 15 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 33.33%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 83.33% on their opponents 12 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 89.3%.
For the opposition you are expected to see Jacob Markstrom protecting the goal. He has racked up 10,044 stops out of 11,017 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .912. Markstrom holds a career record of 171-152-43 and has participated in 380 games. He has made the start in 364 contests and has played for a total of 21,734 minutes. Markstrom's percentage of quality starts comes out to 53.6% and he has accumulated 195 quality starts in his NHL career. His opposition is averaging 2.69 goals per contest and he has given up 973 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary
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