Philadelphia Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 3/4/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
The Philadelphia Flyers (23-28-11) are hitting the road to KeyBank Center on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Buffalo Sabres (31-25-4).
The Philadelphia Flyers will look for better times on the ice after their 3-2 defeat to the Rangers in the last game they played. Philadelphia tallied 2 penalty minutes in this matchup. They also had 3 power play tries and were able to net 1 goal. The Flyers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the defeat. In the outing, they netted 2 out of the 28 shots they put on net.
When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned 162 goals (29th in hockey) this season and have allowed 204. For the year, they have tallied 57 points and their points percentage comes in at .460. Philadelphia comes into the game with 176 power play opportunities and they have scored 28 goals out of those chances, earning them a rate of 15.91%. When playing at even strength, the Flyers have surrendered 162 goals while notching 134 when they are on offense. Philadelphia has attempted 1,817 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.9%. The Flyers thus far have had 1,936 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .895. Philadelphia Flyers opponents have tallied 172 power play tries (29th in professional hockey) and have racked up 42 goals in those chances.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Carter Hart. The opposition has scored 528 goals against Hart in his career and his goals against rate is 2.96. Hart has taken the ice for 191 matchups over the course of his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .906 for his 10,708 minutes played. He has accumulated a record of 78-80-26 and he has started in 183 games. In his career, Hart has recorded 89 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .486. Hart has had 5,593 shots against him and has accrued 5,065 saves.
In their last contest, Buffalo went up against the Bruins in a matchup where the Sabres went home in defeat by a tally of 7-1. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Sabres scored 1 goal out of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking.
On the year, the Buffalo Sabres have notched a total of 223 goals, 66 points, as well as a points percentage of .550. They have allowed 214 goals to be scored by way of 166 goals at even strength and 48 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Sabres have scored 173 goals at even strength and 50 goals (5th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 202 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 24.75%. Buffalo has attempted 1,944 shots (18th in the NHL) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.47%, while allowing the other team 1,985 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 72.25% on their opponents 173 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 89.2%.
Across the rink you will find Craig Anderson patrolling the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.85 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,896 goals overall. Anderson's rate of quality starts sits at 53.2% and he has qualified for 328 quality starts in his pro career. He has made the start in 616 games and has been on the ice for 39,953 mins. Anderson has a career mark of 317-272-73 and has been in goal for 704 games. He is sitting with 19,726 stops out of 21,622 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo
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