Buffalo Sabres vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 4/7/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+275) Hurricanes (-350)
The Carolina Hurricanes (45-17-8) will compete against the Buffalo Sabres (26-34-11) at PNC Arena on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has the Sabres at +275 while the Hurricanes are at -350. The total is set at 7.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes in their last outing. The Sabres had a impressive offensive outing in the win. In the game, they netted 4 of the 22 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and were able to score 1 goal. Buffalo compiled 6 penalty minutes in this contest.
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Buffalo Sabres opponents have amassed 179 power play opportunities (30th in the league) and have come away with 44 goals in those attempts. The Sabres have had 2,383 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .896. Buffalo has taken 2,108 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.2%. While at even strength, the Sabres have given up 203 goals while earning 155 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo has compiled 188 power play chances and they have scored 39 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 20.74%. For the season, they have tallied 63 points and their points percentage sits at .444. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Buffalo Sabres have accumulated 194 goals (24th in the NHL) so far this season and have conceded 247.
The man in goal for this game is Craig Anderson. For his career, Anderson has accumulated 316 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .535. He has a save percentage of .912 in his 38,380 minutes played. Anderson has had 20,775 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 18,956 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,819 goals against Anderson in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.84. He has amassed a win-loss record of 305-261-71 and he started in 591 games. Anderson has been involved in 677 contests throughout his hockey career.
Their last time out, Carolina went up against the Sabres in a matchup where the Hurricanes ended up taking the loss by a mark of 4-2. The Hurricanes recorded 2 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal.
Carolina has tried 2,366 shots (10th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.76%, while allowing the other team 1,997 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 87.87% on their opponents 239 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.7%. They have a tally of 202 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 23.76%. The Hurricanes have accumulated 183 goals at even strength and 48 goals (8th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 166 goals to be scored by way of 137 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have earned a total of 231 goals, 98 points, in addition to a points percentage of .700.
Across the ice you will find Frederik Andersen defending the goal. Opponents are averaging 2.58 goals per game and he has relinquished 1,095 goals in total. Andersen's rate of quality starts sits at 57.2% and he has 245 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has been a starter 428 games and his ice time sits at 25,436 minutes. Andersen holds a lifetime mark of 259-112-51 and has been in goal for 441 games. He has gathered 11,998 saves out of 13,093 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .916.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+275)
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