Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 3/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
The Boston Bruins (51-11-5) are traveling to KeyBank Center on Sunday where they will meet the Buffalo Sabres (33-29-6).
The Boston Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-0 victory over the Jets their last time out. The Bruins had an average offensive performance in the win. In the game, they tallied a score on 3 of the 24 shots they launched. Moreover, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Boston tallied 10 penalty mins in this game.
While playing at even strength, the Bruins have allowed the opponent to score 113 goals while having 199 as an offensive unit. Boston Bruins opponents have tallied 223 power play opportunities (9th in the league) and have a total of 32 goals in those chances. In reference to their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have earned 249 goals (2nd in the NHL) so far this season and have given up 145. Boston has taken 2,207 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.3%. For the year, they have racked up 107 points and their points percentage comes in at .799. The Bruins thus far have had 1,983 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .927. Boston comes into tonight with 225 power play chances and they have added 50 goals out of those advantages, earning them a rate of 22.22%.
The man in net for this game is Linus Ullmark. Over the course of his career, Ullmark has compiled 118 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .618. He has a save percentage of .918 for his 11,415 mins played. Ullmark has seen 5,886 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 5,403 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 483 goals versus Ullmark in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.54. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 109-62-16 and he has started in 191 games. Ullmark has been in goal for 199 matchups over the course of his hockey career.
Their last time out, Buffalo faced off against the Flyers in a game where the Sabres ended up taking the loss by a tally of 5-2. The Sabres netted 2 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they took. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this contest and recorded 2 out of those chances.
So far this season, the Buffalo Sabres have a total of 247 goals, 72 points, in addition to a points percentage of .529. They have permitted 247 goals to be scored by way of 193 goals at even strength and 54 goals while they were shorthanded. The Sabres have earned 191 goals at even strength and 56 goals (5th in the league) while on the power play. They have recorded 224 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 25.00%. Buffalo has tried 2,197 shots (13th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.24%, while allowing the opposition 2,261 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 71.88% on the other teams 192 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 89.1%.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen protecting the net. He has a tally of 1,238 stops out of 1,376 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .900. Luukkonen has accumulated a career mark of 18-18-6 and has been in goal for 42 games. He has made the start in 42 games and has played for a total of 2,427 mins. Luukkonen's quality start rate comes out to 42.9% and he has earned 18 quality starts in his pro career. His opponents are averaging 3.41 goals per game and he has allowed 138 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo
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