Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 4/21/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+115) Devils (-138)
Prudential Center is the location where the New Jersey Devils (27-42-7) will attempt to defeat the Buffalo Sabres (29-38-11) on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has Buffalo at +115 while New Jersey is at -138. The over/under has been set at 7.
The Buffalo Sabres had a good night with a 5-3 win against the Flyers in their previous contest. Buffalo had 4 penalty minutes for this contest. They also had 2 power play attempts and scored 2 goals. The Sabres had a solid offensive outing in this win. In the game, they converted 5 of the 40 shots they looked to score on.
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With respect to their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have racked up 216 goals (23rd in the NHL) for the season and have given up 275. For the season, they have recorded 69 points and their points % is .442. Buffalo comes into the game with 209 power play opportunities and they have scored 46 goals out of those chances, earning them a rate of 22.01%. When at even strength, the Sabres have conceded 228 goals while earning 170 themselves. Buffalo has taken 2,313 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.3%. The Sabres have had 2,596 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .894. Buffalo Sabres opponents have recorded 199 power play tries (29th in the NHL) and have scored 47 goals in those chances.
The man in goal for this game is Craig Anderson. Anderson has played in 682 games throughout his hockey career. He has a mark of 307-264-71 and he was named the starter in 596 games. Opponents have been able to score 1,838 goals against Anderson in his career and his goals against rate is 2.85. Anderson has had 20,908 shot attempts against him and has recorded 19,070 saves. His save percentage currently sits at .912 in his 38,678 mins in the crease. In his career, Anderson has 317 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .532.
Their last time out, New Jersey faced the Golden Knights in a game where the Devils ended up with the win by a final score of 3-2. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this one but weren't able to score a goal. The Devils had 3 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they pursued.
On the year, the New Jersey Devils have earned a total of 231 goals, 61 points, in addition to a points percentage of .401. They have granted a total of 275 goals to be scored by of a combination of 235 goals at even strength and 40 goals while they were shorthanded. The Devils are sitting with 197 goals at even strength and 34 goals (28th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 211 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 16.11%. New Jersey has tried 2,401 shots (14th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.62%, while allowing the other team 2,354 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 79.80% on their opponents 198 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 88.3%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Nico Daws defending the goal. Opponents are averaging 3.11 goals/game and he has allowed 66 goals altogether. Daws' quality start rate is 30.4% and he has accumulated 7 quality starts in his professional career. He has made the start in 23 games and has played 1,272 mins. Daws is sitting with a career record of 10-11-1 and has played in 25 games. He has accounted for 551 saves out of the 617 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .893.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+115)
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