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Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/12/2022

The Buffalo Sabres takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs on 4/12/2022 at 07:05 PM.

Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs face off today. The Buffalo Sabres has a record of 26.0-37.0 this season. The Toronto Maple Leafs is 47.0-19.0 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, which is among the lowest in the NHL. 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 75.14%, which is among the worst in the NHL.

Opponents take 33.6 shots per game regardless of situation, this needs to be corrected now 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 0.5 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 20.3% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 29.4 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.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.5 goals per game in even strength situations. Opponents shoot 0.5 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Toronto Maple Leafs into 2.9 penalty kill situations per game. They have a penalty kill rate of 83.5%, which is above 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 below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Offense Preview




They score 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations. They have an above average offense in 5v5 action. 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 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 29.44% of their shots on the power play, which makes them a pretty tough team on the power play.

They take 34.8 shots per game regardless of situation, they are getting their share of shot attempts 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 -22.0 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 5.9% 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 -19.0 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 26 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 58 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 13.8% 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 -14.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 30 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 24 assists this season. This puts him at 54 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 13.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Toronto Maple Leafs Roster

The Players to Watch for Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 10.0 this season. He has scored 10 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 51 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 61 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. He makes 5.2% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

T.J. Brodie D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 19.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 4 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 20 assists this season. This puts him at 24 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 6.8% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Auston Matthews C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 16.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 58 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 41 assists this season, he is a strong distributor. This puts him at 99 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the NHL. He makes 18.1% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Buffalo Sabres 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1

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