Buffalo Sabres vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 10/22/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+140) Canucks (-167)
The Buffalo Sabres are headed to Rogers Arena on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Vancouver Canucks. The moneyline on this matchup has the Sabres at +140 while the Canucks are coming in at -167. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Buffalo Sabres came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 6-3 victory against the Flames in their previous game. Buffalo accumulated 2 penalty minutes for this matchup. Furthermore, they had 5 chances with the advantage and were able to net 1 goal. The Sabres had a good offensive outing and it showed in this victory. For the outing, they converted 6 of the 32 shots they looked to score on.
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Buffalo Sabres opponents have 14 power play tries (23rd in the NHL) and have scored 2 goals in those attempts. The Sabres have had 164 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .939. Buffalo has attempted 119 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 14.3%. While playing at even strength, the Sabres have conceded 8 goals while scoring 15 of their own. Buffalo has accumulated 17 power play chances and they have tallied 2 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 11.76%. For the current campaign, they have recorded 6 points and their points percentage sits at .750. With respect to their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have earned 17 goals (6th in the NHL) on the season and have conceded 10.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Craig Anderson. Over the course of his time in hockey, Anderson has 319 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .533. His save percentage currently sits at .912 for his 38,798 mins between the pipes. Anderson has had 20,975 shots taken against him and has garnered 19,134 total saves. Opponents have scored 1,841 goals versus Anderson in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.85. He has compiled a win-loss record of 309-264-71 and he has gotten the start in 598 games. Anderson has participated in 684 games during his NHL career.
When they took the ice last, Vancouver faced off against the Wild in a game where the Canucks took a loss by a score of 4-3. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Canucks tallied 3 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they took.
The Canucks have earned 13 goals at even strength and 2 goals (24th in hockey) while on the power play. Vancouver has put up 157 shots (12th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.55%, while allowing the other team 156 shots. Over the course of the season, the Vancouver Canucks have earned a total of 15 goals, 2 points, and a points percentage of .200. They have allowed 22 goals to be scored by way of 15 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 19 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 10.53%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 58.82% on the other teams 17 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 85.9%.
Across the ice you will find Thatcher Demko in the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.88 goals/game and he has allowed 391 goals altogether. Demko's quality start rate sits at 56.7% and he has made 76 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 134 games and has racked up 8,149 minutes. Demko has earned a career record of 67-56-12 and has played in 140 games. He has recorded 4,002 saves out of the 4,393 shots taken, giving him a save % of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (-167)
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