San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 1/6/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (-125) Sabres (+104)
KeyBank Center is the location where the Buffalo Sabres (10-17-6) will compete against the San Jose Sharks (17-16-1) on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has San Jose at -125 while Buffalo is at +104. The betting total is set at 6.
The San Jose Sharks were on the losing side of the ice with a 6-2 defeat against the Red Wings the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sharks had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. In the outing, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 26 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play tries but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. San Jose accrued 38 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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San Jose Sharks opponents have 87 power play tries (27th in the NHL) and have racked up 14 goals in those attempts. The Sharks have had 1,054 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .898. San Jose has tried 1,004 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.5%. At even strength, the Sharks have allowed 93 goals while earning 80 as an offensive unit. San Jose skates onto the rink with 86 power play chances and they have scored 15 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 17.44%. For the season, they sit with 35 points and their points percentage comes in at .515. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the San Jose Sharks have notched 95 goals (20th in the National Hockey League) so far this year and have surrendered 107.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Adin Hill. Hill has played in 66 contests over the course of his pro hockey career. He has earned a win-loss mark of 25-30-4 and he has gotten the start in 56 games. The opposition has been able to score 165 goals versus Hill in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.83. Hill has had 1,762 shots taken against him and has gathered 1,597 saves. His save percentage is at .906 for his 3,493 mins in the crease. Throughout his time in hockey, Hill has tallied 24 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .429.
Their last time out, Buffalo played the Bruins in an outing where the Sabres took the loss by a score of 4-3. They had 4 power play chances in this game and recorded 1 goal out of those attempts. The Sabres scored 3 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they attempted.
So far this season, the Buffalo Sabres have notched a total of 87 goals, 26 points, in addition to a points percentage of .394. They have allowed 115 goals to be scored by of a combination of 98 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Sabres have accumulated 71 goals at even strength and 16 goals (21st in hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 83 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 19.28%. Buffalo has tried 968 shots (24th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 8.99%, while allowing the other team 1,138 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 79.52% on their opponents 83 power play tries, and their save percentage is 89.9%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen defending the net. Luukkonen has accumulated a lifetime mark of 3-6-2 and has been in goal for 11 contests. Luukkonen's quality start rate comes out to 54.5% and he has earned 6 quality starts in his NHL career. He has tallied 364 saves out of the 396 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .919. Opponents are averaging 2.99 goals/game and he has surrendered 32 goals overall. He has made the start in 11 games and has accumulated 642 minutes.
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Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (-125)
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