Buffalo Sabres vs Dallas Stars Prediction, 2/27/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Dallas Stars
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
The Dallas Stars (28-20-3) will compete against the Buffalo Sabres (16-28-8) at American Airlines Center on Sunday.
The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-0 defeat against the Canadiens their last time on the ice. Buffalo recorded 11 penalty minutes in this matchup. Additionally, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score. The Sabres didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. In the game, they went home without being able to finish on any of the 32 shots they looked to score on.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have amassed 139 power play opportunities (27th in the NHL) and have racked up 32 goals in those attempts. The Sabres have had 1,800 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .897. Buffalo has attempted 1,528 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.9%. When at even strength, the Sabres have given up 153 goals while earning 109 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo comes into the game with 140 power play opportunities and they have scored 27 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 19.29%. For the current campaign, they have scored 40 points and their points percentage sits at .385. When talking about scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have accumulated 136 goals (26th in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have given up 185.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Craig Anderson. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Anderson has compiled 310 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .536. His save percentage is at .913 during his 37,590 mins in the crease. Anderson has seen 20,372 shots against him and he has 18,594 total saves. Opponents have racked up 1,778 goals versus Anderson in his professional career and his goals against average per contest is 2.84. He has a record of 297-258-69 and he has started in 578 games. Anderson has been in net for 664 contests throughout his hockey career.
Their last time out, Dallas went up against the Predators in a matchup where the Stars went home in defeat by a final score of 2-1. They had 4 attempts on the power play in this game but weren't able to score a goal. The Stars converted 1 goal of the 28 shots on goal they pursued.
Dallas has tried 1,554 shots (18th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 9.27%, while allowing the other team 1,548 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 78.38% on the other teams 148 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.5%. They have a tally of 155 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 23.23%. The Stars have scored 108 goals at even strength and 36 goals (10th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have permitted 147 goals to be scored by of a combination of 115 goals at even strength and 32 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the year, the Dallas Stars have earned 144 goals, 59 points, in addition to a points percentage of .578.
For the opposition you will find Braden Holtby in net. Holtby is the owner of a career mark of 298-143-50 and has been in net for 512 contests. Holtby's quality start percentage sits at 56.8% and he has qualified for 284 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has a tally of 13,571 saves out of 14,839 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .915. Teams are averaging 2.59 goals per game and he has yielded 1,268 goals altogether. He has been a starter 500 games and his ice time sits at 29,342 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo
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