Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 11/2/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-150) Sabres (+125)
The Buffalo Sabres (6-3-0) will compete against the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-4-1) at KeyBank Center on Wednesday. The moneyline on this contest has Pittsburgh at -150 while Buffalo is priced at +125. The total has been set at 7.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3-1 loss to the Kraken their last time out. The Penguins had a below average offensive performance in the loss. In the game, they scored on 1 of the 33 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Pittsburgh garnered 4 mins in the box in this contest.
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When discussing their scoring capabilities, the Pittsburgh Penguins have racked up 32 goals (8th in hockey) so far this season and have given up 29. For the current season, they have earned 9 points and their points % is .500. Pittsburgh steps onto the ice with 35 power play opportunities and they have tallied 8 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 22.86%. While playing at even strength, the Penguins have allowed the opponent to score 20 goals while having 24 on offense. Pittsburgh has attempted 335 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.6%. The Penguins so far have had 317 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Pittsburgh Penguins opponents have earned 31 power play tries (18th in pro hockey) and have come away with 9 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Casey DeSmith. DeSmith has taken the ice for 99 games throughout his hockey career. He has a mark of 43-30-12 and got the start in 85 games. Opponents have scored 240 goals against DeSmith in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.68. DeSmith has had 2,832 shot attempts against him and he has 2,592 saves. He has a save percentage of .915 for his 5,376 mins on the ice. For his professional hockey career, DeSmith has 48 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .565.
In their last contest, Buffalo opposed the Red Wings in a game where the Sabres notched a win by a final of 8-3. They had 5 power play attempts in this matchup and notched 2 out of those opportunities. The Sabres notched 8 goals out of the 46 shots on goal they took.
On the campaign, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 37 goals, 12 points, in addition to a points percentage of .667. They have permitted 25 goals to be scored by way of 19 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they were shorthanded. The Sabres have 29 goals at even strength and 8 goals (10th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 34 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 23.53%. Buffalo has tried 298 shots (14th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 12.42%, while allowing their opponents 296 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.31% on their opponents 29 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.6%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Eric Comrie in net. Comrie is the owner of a career mark of 16-13-1 and has been in goal for 34 contests. Comrie's quality start rate sits at 50.0% and he has earned 15 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has recorded 917 saves out of the 1,014 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .904. Teams are averaging 3.11 goals/game and he has allowed 97 goals altogether. He has made the start in 30 contests and has accumulated 1,869 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-150)
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