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Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/3/2022

The Florida Panthers takes on the Buffalo Sabres on 4/3/2022 at 12:05 PM.

Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres face off today. The Florida Panthers has a record of 47.0-15.0 this season. The Buffalo Sabres is 25.0-33.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

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 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Florida Panthers into 3.1 penalty kill situations per game. They have a penalty kill rate of 80.28%, which is 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 0.7 goals per game in power play situations. They are average in power play situations, nothing special here. Thus far, they have had 3.2 power play opportunities per game this season, they do an above average job at drawing penalties. This means that they score on 22.83% of their shots on the power play.

They take 37.3 shots per game regardless of situation and that means that they are aggressive on the offensive end and their shot quality is rather decent.

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 75.29%, 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 0.5 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 19.67% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 29.8 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.

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 35.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 6 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 30 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 36 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 3.5% 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 a scoring threat and he has 42 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 57 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. 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 26.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 23 goals this season, which is makes him a strong scoring threat and he has 73 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 96 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the NHL. He makes 12.4% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





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 -18.0 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 34 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 43 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 6.2% 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 -13.0 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 23 assists this season. This puts him at 53 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 13.7% 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 -9.0 this season, his impact has not necessarily been positive yet. He has scored 27 goals this season, which is makes him a strong scoring threat and he has 21 assists this season. This puts him at 48 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 12.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

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


Prediction: Florida Panthers 5 Buffalo Sabres 1

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