New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 11/25/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
KeyBank Center is where the Buffalo Sabres (8-11-0) will try to defeat the New Jersey Devils (16-3-0) on Friday.
The New Jersey Devils came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5-2 victory against the Oilers in their last outing. New Jersey accounted for 8 minutes in the box for this game. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal. The Devils had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 5 of the 28 shots they put on goal.
Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have earned 73 goals (2nd in the NHL) on the year and have conceded 44. For the year, they have racked up 32 points and their points % is .842. New Jersey has tallied 62 power play opportunities and they have scored 13 goals during those advantages, earning them a percentage of 20.97%. While at even strength, the Devils have conceded 32 goals while getting 60 themselves. New Jersey has tried 692 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.6%. The Devils have seen 475 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .907. New Jersey Devils opponents have 63 power play tries (16th in the NHL) and have a total of 12 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Vitek Vanecek. The opposition has notched 221 goals versus Vanecek in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.61. Vanecek has been in goal for 91 games over the course of his professional hockey career. His save percentage sits at .909 in his 5,077 mins guarding the cage. He has compiled a mark of 50-23-10 and he has started in 85 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Vanecek has compiled 43 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .506. Vanecek has seen 2,429 shot attempts taken against him and he has 2,208 total saves.
When they were on the ice last, Buffalo faced the Canadiens in a matchup where the Sabres notched a win by a tally of 7-2. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and scored 2 out of those opportunities. The Sabres tallied 7 goals of the 38 shots on goal they attempted.
Buffalo has put up 613 shots (13th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 11.26%, while allowing their opponents 596 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 73.02% on the other teams 63 power play tries, and their save percentage currently comes in at 88.6%. They have earned 77 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 24.68%. The Sabres have earned 50 goals at even strength and 19 goals (5th in the league) while on the power play. They have allowed 68 goals to be scored by of a combination of 51 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the Buffalo Sabres have earned a total of 69 goals, 16 points, and a points percentage of .421.
Across the ice you are likely to see Craig Anderson defending the goal. His opponents are averaging 2.85 goals/game and he has relinquished 1,860 goals in total. Anderson's quality start percentage comes in at 53.1% and he has 321 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has made the start in 604 games and his ice time sits at 39,181 mins. Anderson is the owner of a lifetime mark of 312-267-71 and has played in 691 games. He has tallied 19,311 saves out of 21,171 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo
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