San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 12/4/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
KeyBank Center is the location where the Buffalo Sabres (10-13-1) will try to defeat the San Jose Sharks (8-14-4) on Sunday.
The San Jose Sharks will need a bounce back game after taking a 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs their last time on the ice. San Jose had 6 penalty minutes in this contest. Furthermore, they had 1 opportunity with more players on the ice but weren't able to score. The Sharks could have played much better offensively in this loss. For the matchup, they scored on 1 of the 24 shots they tried.
With respect to scoring goals, the San Jose Sharks have notched 76 goals (15th in pro hockey) for the season and have conceded 89. For the season, they have racked up 20 points and their points percentage sits at .385. San Jose skates onto the rink with 66 power play opportunities and they have notched 13 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 19.70%. When playing at even strength, the Sharks let the opposition score 83 goals while getting 63 themselves. San Jose has attempted 768 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.9%. The Sharks so far have had 796 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .888. San Jose Sharks opponents have 71 power play opportunities (27th in pro hockey) and have come away with 6 goals in those attempts.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be James Reimer. In his professional hockey career, Reimer has accounted for 216 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .524. His save percentage sits at .913 for his 24,481 mins guarding the cage. Reimer has had 13,104 shots against him and has amassed 11,958 total saves. Opponents have notched 1,146 goals against Reimer in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.81. He has earned an overall record of 197-156-55 and he has gotten the start in 412 games. Reimer has participated in 448 contests over the course of his hockey career.
In their last contest, Buffalo faced the Avalanche in a matchup where the Sabres were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 6-4. They had 7 power play chances in this outing and converted 2 out of those attempts. The Sabres scored 4 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they took.
The Sabres have earned 65 goals at even strength and 24 goals (5th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. Buffalo has attempted 778 shots (9th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.44%, while allowing the opposition 780 shots. For the season, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 89 goals, 21 points, in addition to a points percentage of .438. They have allowed 89 goals to be scored by way of 65 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 91 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 26.37%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 71.43% on their oppositions 84 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 88.6%.
Across the rink you will find Craig Anderson in the crease. He has a tally of 19,393 stops out of the 21,260 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .912. Anderson is the owner of a career mark of 313-268-71 and has been in goal for 693 games. He has started in 606 games and his ice time sits at 39,303 mins. Anderson's quality start rate comes out to 53.3% and he has 323 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. His opposition is averaging 2.85 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,867 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose
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