Buffalo Sabres vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/28/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Monday, March 28, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+128) Blackhawks (-155)
United Center is the site where the Chicago Blackhawks (24-32-10) will meet the Buffalo Sabres (23-33-9) on Monday. The moneyline on this game has Buffalo at +128 while Chicago opens at -155. The over/under is set at 6.
The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-3 loss against the Capitals in their previous contest. Buffalo recorded 4 mins in the box in this game. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't get a goal. The Sabres offense didn't overly impress in the loss. For the game, they tallied a score on 3 out of the 23 shots they put on goal.
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In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have earned 171 goals (27th in pro hockey) on the season and have conceded 225. For the current campaign, they have recorded 55 points and their points % is .423. Buffalo has 175 power play chances and they have notched 32 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 18.29%. At even strength, the Sabres have allowed the opponent to score 184 goals while getting 139 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo has attempted 1,931 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.9%. The Sabres have had 2,205 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .898. Buffalo Sabres opponents have totaled 169 power play opportunities (29th in pro hockey) and have come away with 41 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the net in this game is Craig Anderson. In his career, Anderson has 314 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .535. He has a save percentage of .913 in his 38,133 minutes guarding the cage. Anderson has had 20,658 shots taken against him and has recorded 18,851 saves. Opponents have notched 1,807 goals versus Anderson in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.84. He has accumulated an overall record of 303-261-69 and he started in 587 games. Anderson has been involved in 673 matchups throughout his professional hockey career.
In their last contest, Chicago squared up with the Golden Knights in a game where the Blackhawks took the loss by a tally of 5-4. The Blackhawks recorded 4 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but weren't able to score a goal.
Chicago has taken 1,896 shots (27th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.23%, while allowing their opponents 2,141 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 76.34% on their opponents 186 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.4%. They have a tally of 195 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 20.51%. The Blackhawks are sitting with 135 goals at even strength and 40 goals (18th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have allowed 227 goals to be scored by way of 183 goals at even strength and 44 goals while they were shorthanded. For the year, the Chicago Blackhawks have notched a total of 175 goals, 58 points, and a points percentage of .439.
Across the ice you are likely to see Kevin Lankinen defending the net. Lankinen has a lifetime record of 21-22-10 and has been in goal for 56 contests. Lankinen's quality start rate comes in at 44.4% and he has made 24 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has tallied 1,606 stops out of the 1,779 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .903. The opposition is averaging 3.17 goals per contest and he has allowed 173 goals altogether. He got the starting nod in 54 contests and has been on the ice for 3,271 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (-155)
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