Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 2/13/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
The Montreal Canadiens (8-31-7) host the Buffalo Sabres (14-24-8) at Bell Centre on Sunday.
The Buffalo Sabres had a rough game after their 4-3 defeat against the Blue Jackets the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sabres offense didn't overly impress in the defeat. In the game, they scored on 3 out of the 27 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to make the most of that try. Buffalo had 2 minutes in the box in this matchup.
The Sabres have had 1,603 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .900. While at even strength, the Sabres have surrendered 128 goals while scoring 94 of their own. Buffalo Sabres opponents have 127 power play tries (25th in professional hockey) and have come away with 32 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have 36 points and their points percentage sits at .391. Buffalo has attempted 1,333 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.9%. In reference to scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have accumulated 118 goals (26th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have allowed 160. Buffalo has accumulated 125 power play opportunities and they have scored 24 goals out of those advantages, giving them a percentage of 19.20%.
The man in goal for this game is Craig Anderson. Anderson has been in goal for 660 matchups throughout his NHL career. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 296-255-69 and he was named the starter in 574 games. The opposition has scored 1,764 goals versus Anderson in his career and his goals against rate is 2.83. Anderson has had 20,247 shots taken against him and has accrued 18,483 saves. His save percentage currently is at .913 during his 37,351 mins in the crease. Over the course of his career, Anderson has 309 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .538.
In their last outing, Montreal faced off against the Capitals in an outing where the Canadiens ended up taking the loss by a final of 5-2. The Canadiens had 2 goals out of the 44 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 opportunities on the power play in this matchup and scored 1 goal out of those chances.
Montreal has taken 1,353 shots (24th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.46%, while allowing their opponents 1,583 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 73.55% on their opponents 155 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 88.4%. They have recorded 137 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 13.87%. The Canadiens have accumulated 82 goals at even strength and 19 goals (30th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have allowed 184 goals to be scored by way of 143 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they were shorthanded. For the year, the Montreal Canadiens have earned a total of 101 goals, 23 points, as well as a points percentage of .250.
For the opposition you are likely to see Sam Montembeault between the pipes. He has accounted for 1,075 stops out of the 1,205 shots tried, giving him a save % of .892. Montembeault is the owner of a career record of 11-16-7 and has been in net for 45 games. He got the starting nod in 32 games and has played 2,215 minutes. Montembeault's percentage of quality starts sits at 34.4% and he has made 11 quality starting assignments in his pro career. His opposition is averaging 3.52 goals/game and he has yielded 130 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo
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