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Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/8/2022

The Buffalo Sabres takes on the Florida Panthers on 4/8/2022 at 07:05 PM.

Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers face off today. The Buffalo Sabres has a record of 26.0-35.0 this season. The Florida Panthers is 49.0-15.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Buffalo Sabres Team Defense Preview




They give up 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations, they are below average on the defensive end. Opponents shoot 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Buffalo Sabres into 2.5 penalty kill situations per game, which puts them among the best in the NHL. They have a penalty kill rate of 75.69%, which is below average.

Opponents take 33.5 shots per game regardless of situation and they are below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Buffalo Sabres Team Offense Preview

They score 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations. They have a below average offense by NHL standards. They score 0.6 goals per game in power play situations and they would be considered below average with an advantage. Thus far, they have had 2.7 power play opportunities per game this season and this would be considered below average, it may improve though. This means that they score on 20.42% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 29.6 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and the shots taken are less likely to find the net than most NHL teams.

Florida Panthers Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.2 goals per game in even strength situations and this puts them as an above average defensive team in these situations. Opponents shoot 0.7 shots per game in power play situations per game against them. Opponents force Florida Panthers into 3.2 penalty kill situations per game, which means they may be too aggressive or wrongfully aggressive. They have a penalty kill rate of 78.83%, which is below average.

Opponents take 30.7 shots per game regardless of situation. They are doing an above average job denying shot attempts in volume and they are average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Florida Panthers Team Offense Preview




They score 3.2 goals per game in even strength situations. This is one of the best offenses in the NHL. They score 0.8 goals per game in power play situations. They are an above average team when they have an advantage. Thus far, they have had 3.3 power play opportunities per game this season, they do an above average job at drawing penalties. This means that they score on 23.68% of their shots on the power play.

They take 37.5 shots per game regardless of situation and that means that they are aggressive on the offensive end and their shot quality is rather decent.

The Buffalo Sabres Roster

The Players to Watch for Buffalo Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -20.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 9 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 35 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 44 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 6.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Tage Thompson C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -17.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 32 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 25 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 57 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 14.1% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Jeff Skinner LW

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -12.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 29 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 24 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 53 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 12.8% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Florida Panthers Roster

The Players to Watch for Florida Panthers

MacKenzie Weegar D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 38.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 7 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 33 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 40 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 4.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Aaron Ekblad D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 38.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 15 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 42 assists this season, he is a strong distributor. This puts him at 57 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 8.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Jonathan Huberdeau LW

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 30.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 26 goals this season, which is makes him a strong scoring threat and he has 76 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 102 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the NHL. He makes 13.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Buffalo Sabres 3 Florida Panthers 4

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