Buffalo Sabres vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 1/14/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+130) Predators (-156)
Bridgestone Arena is the location where the Nashville Predators (19-16-6) will meet the Buffalo Sabres (20-18-2) on Saturday. The odds on this game have the Sabres at +130 while the Predators are priced at -156. The over/under is 6.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-2 defeat against the Jets in the last game they played. Buffalo recorded 6 penalty minutes in this matchup. Additionally, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Sabres had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 of the 41 shots they put on net.
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When playing at even strength, the Sabres have allowed the opponent to score 104 goals while having 112 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo Sabres opponents have recorded 129 power play opportunities (22nd in pro hockey) and have scored 35 goals in those chances. In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 153 goals (3rd in pro hockey) for the season and have allowed 139. Buffalo has taken 1,292 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.8%. For the season, they have 42 points and their points percentage is .525. The Sabres thus far have had 1,319 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .895. Buffalo has 148 power play opportunities and they have scored 41 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 27.70%.
The man protecting the net in this game is Eric Comrie. Comrie has taken the ice for 40 contests throughout his hockey career. He has accumulated a win-loss record of 17-18-1 and he has started in 36 games. Opponents have racked up 119 goals against Comrie in his professional career and his goals against rate is 3.25. Comrie has had 1,168 shots against him and has recorded 1,049 saves. His save percentage sits at .898 for his 2,197 minutes guarding the cage. During his career on the ice, Comrie has accounted for 16 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .444.
The last time they were on the ice, Nashville faced the Canadiens in a game where the Predators went home in defeat by a tally of 4-3. The Predators scored 3 goals of the 42 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this contest but didn't put one in the back of the net.
The Predators have 90 goals at even strength and 23 goals (28th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. Nashville has attempted 1,272 shots (21st in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.88%, while allowing their opponents 1,404 shots. On the year, the Nashville Predators have earned a total of 113 goals, 44 points, in addition to a points percentage of .537. They have allowed 120 goals to be scored by of a combination of 90 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 138 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 16.67%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 79.17% on their opponents 144 power play chances, and their save percentage is 91.5%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Juuse Saros in net. He has accounted for 7,056 stops out of the 7,671 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .920. Saros has a lifetime record of 129-83-25 and has participated in 253 games. He was named a starter in 237 games and has played 14,444 mins. Saros' rate of quality starts sits at 62.4% and he has 148 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. His opponents are averaging 2.55 goals per contest and he has yielded 615 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (+130)
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