Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 2/23/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (-110) Canadiens (-110)
The Buffalo Sabres (16-27-8) are hitting the road to Bell Centre on Wednesday where they will take on the Montreal Canadiens (11-33-7). The moneyline on this game has the Sabres at -110 while the Canadiens are sitting at -110. The total has been set at 6.
The Buffalo Sabres had a rough game after their 7-3 defeat against the Blue Jackets in their previous outing. The Sabres had a middle of the road offensive outing in the loss. For the outing, they scored on 3 of the 36 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 1 opportunity with more players on the ice but weren't able to make the most of that try. Buffalo accrued 4 penalty mins in this matchup.
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The Sabres have had 1,771 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .898. While playing at even strength, the Sabres have surrendered 149 goals while notching 109 on offense. Buffalo Sabres opponents have recorded 138 power play opportunities (27th in the league) and have tallied 32 goals in those attempts. For the current season, they have recorded 40 points and their points percentage comes in at .392. Buffalo has tried 1,496 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.1%. Concerning scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have earned 136 goals (24th in the league) this season and have allowed 181. Buffalo has 138 power play opportunities and they have added 27 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 19.57%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Craig Anderson. Throughout his time in hockey, Anderson has compiled 310 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .537. His save percentage currently is at .913 during his 37,530 minutes played. Anderson has seen 20,344 shots taken against him and has garnered 18,569 saves. The opposition has scored 1,775 goals against Anderson in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.84. He has a record of 297-257-69 and he started in 577 games. Anderson has participated in 663 contests during his NHL career.
In their last game, Montreal faced the Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Canadiens notched a win by a final of 5-2. The Canadiens earned 5 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they took. They had 2 chances on the power play in this matchup but didn't score a goal.
On the year, the Montreal Canadiens have accumulated 115 goals, 29 points, in addition to a points percentage of .284. They have allowed 197 goals to be scored by way of 153 goals at even strength and 44 goals while they were shorthanded. The Canadiens have 96 goals at even strength and 19 goals (31st in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 150 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 12.67%. Montreal has put up 1,497 shots (20th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.68%, while allowing the other team 1,753 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 74.12% on their opponents 170 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 88.8%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Sam Montembeault in net. Opponents are averaging 3.45 goals per contest and he has yielded 141 goals altogether. Montembeault's quality start percentage is 38.9% and he has qualified for 14 quality starts in his NHL career. He has started in 36 games and has played for a total of 2,455 minutes. Montembeault has earned a lifetime record of 13-18-7 and has been in goal for 49 games. He has recorded 1,202 saves out of 1,343 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .895.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-110)
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