Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 11/5/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+210) Lightning (-260)
The Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-1) are welcoming the Buffalo Sabres (7-3-0) at Amalie Arena on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has Buffalo at +210 while Tampa Bay is sitting at -260. The over/under is 7.
The Buffalo Sabres will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6-3 victory against the Penguins their last time on the ice. The Sabres had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this win. For the outing, they earned a goal on 6 of the 33 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 4 chances with the advantage and were able to score 1 goal. Buffalo amassed 8 mins in the box in this contest.
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At even strength, the Sabres have surrendered 21 goals while notching 34 on offense. Buffalo Sabres opponents have totaled 32 power play opportunities (28th in the league) and have come away with 7 goals in those chances. With regard to their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have earned 43 goals (3rd in hockey) for the season and have given up 28. Buffalo has taken 331 shots and has a shooting percentage of 13.0%. For the current season, the have a total of 14 points and their points percentage is .700. The Sabres thus far have had 317 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .912. Buffalo comes into tonight with 38 power play opportunities and they have tallied 9 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 23.68%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Craig Anderson. Opponents have scored 1,845 goals versus Anderson in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.84. Anderson has played in 686 matchups throughout his pro hockey career. His save percentage is at .912 in his 38,918 mins in the crease. He has earned an overall record of 311-264-71 and he has started in 600 games. During his career on the ice, Anderson has compiled 320 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .533. Anderson has seen 21,031 shots against him and has accrued 19,186 total saves.
In their last game, Tampa Bay squared up with the Hurricanes in a game where the Lightning got the tie by a mark of 3-3. The Lightning notched 3 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and netted 2 out of those attempts.
So far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned a total of 35 goals, 13 points, and a points percentage of .591. They have granted a total of 34 goals to be scored by of a combination of 27 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Lightning have tallied 24 goals at even strength and 11 goals (4th in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 47 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 23.40%. Tampa Bay has attempted 338 shots (15th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.36%, while allowing their opponents 360 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 82.50% on their oppositions 40 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 90.6%.
For the opposition you are expected to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal. His opposition is averaging 2.51 goals per game and he has yielded 915 goals altogether. Vasilevskiy's percentage of quality starts comes out to 57.0% and he has accumulated 207 quality starting assignments in his career. He has been a starter 363 games and has played 21,871 mins. Vasilevskiy is the owner of a career mark of 233-104-25 and has participated in 373 games. He has recorded 10,383 stops out of 11,298 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .919.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-260)
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