Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 3/6/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (-154) Sabres (+130)
The Buffalo Sabres (32-25-4) will try to defeat the Edmonton Oilers (34-22-8) at KeyBank Center on Monday. The odds on this game have Edmonton at -154 while Buffalo is at +130. The betting total is set at 7.
The Edmonton Oilers were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 7-5 loss against the Jets in their previous game. The Oilers had a solid offensive output and it showed in the loss. For the game, they tallied a score on 5 out of the 35 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities and scored 2 goals. Edmonton garnered 11 penalty mins for this matchup.
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In terms of their scoring, the Edmonton Oilers have earned 248 goals (1st in the league) on the campaign and have conceded 212. For the current season, they have scored 76 points and their points percentage comes in at .594. Edmonton has accounted for 226 power play opportunities and they have scored 72 goals during those chances, giving them a rate of 31.86%. At even strength, the Oilers have allowed 156 goals while scoring 176 themselves. Edmonton has taken 2,143 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.6%. The Oilers have had 2,025 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .895. Edmonton Oilers opponents have tallied 226 power play opportunities (3rd in the NHL) and have notched 56 goals in those attempts.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Jack Campbell. Campbell has taken the ice for 167 games throughout his hockey career. He has accumulated a record of 88-48-18 and he has started in 155 games. The opposition has scored 426 goals against Campbell in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.73. Campbell has had 4,716 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 4,290 total saves. His save percentage is at .910 for his 9,368 mins on the ice. For his career, Campbell has compiled 80 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .516.
The last time they were on the ice, Buffalo went up against the Lightning in an outing where the Sabres notched a victory by a mark of 5-3. The Sabres had 5 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play opportunities in this one and scored 2 out of those chances.
The Sabres have tallied 176 goals at even strength and 52 goals (5th in hockey) while on the power play. Buffalo has attempted 1,978 shots (18th in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.53%, while allowing their opponents 2,021 shots. This season, the Buffalo Sabres have earned a total of 228 goals, 68 points, as well as a points percentage of .557. They have allowed 217 goals to be scored by way of 168 goals at even strength and 49 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 207 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.12%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 72.47% on their opponents 178 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.3%.
Across the ice you will find Craig Anderson protecting the goal. Anderson has a career record of 317-272-73 and has participated in 704 contests. Anderson's quality start rate sits at 53.2% and he has 328 quality starting assignments in his career. He has tallied 19,726 saves out of 21,622 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .912. His opposition is averaging 2.85 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,896 goals in total. He has started in 616 games and his ice time sits at 39,953 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-154)
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