Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks 2-18-2023

Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks 2/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks 2/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Buffalo Sabres will go against the San Jose Sharks in NHL action at SAP Center in San Jose, CA, on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 10:30 PM ET.


The Buffalo Sabres were a superb offensive team thus far in the regular season, scoring 197 goals, which ranks fourth in the NHL. They have no players listed on the injury report, and they are also fully healthy going into this match.


They scored 43 goals on 158 power play opportunities, which is above the national average (25.13 percent).


Additionally, they were shooting above average, as evidenced by their 11.4 team shooting percentage, which is 1.5 points higher than the league average.


The Buffalo Sabres’ starting goaltender, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, is anticipated to play in this contest as well. In his previous match, a loss to the Calgary Flames, he was terrible, allowing seven goals on 40 shots.


But, Luukkonen was performing admirably, posting a 13-7-2 record, .896 save percentage, and 3.47 goals against per game thus far.


They now rank 22nd in the NHL for goals allowed with 185, and their penalty kill percentage was below league average, so they must improve.


  • The Buffalo Sabres are 1-4 SU in their previous 5 meetings.
  • The Sabres are 4-2 SU in their last 6 outings with San Jose.
  • Buffalo is 13-5 SU in their last 18 matches on the road.

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Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks Predictions 2/18/2023


The San Jose Sharks‘ offense struggled thus far, as evidenced by their 168 total goals, which ranked them 21st in the NHL as of this writing. Five of their players are injured, and three of them are currently on Injured Reserve.


They only scored 30 of their 152 efforts at the power play this year, which is slightly below average (19.74 percent). The Sharks’ current shooting percentage of 10.1% is exactly around the league average.


As the San Jose Sharks backup goaltender, Kaapo Kahkonen had a difficult season, going 8-11-4 with 3.62 goals surrendered per game and a.883 save percentage.


In his most recent game, which took place on Thursday night against the Golden Knights, he scored two goals on 38 shots. With 209 goals allowed as a squad, they are allowing the third-most goals. 


  • The total stayed UNDER in 4 of San Jose’s previous 5 meetings.
  • The San Jose Sharks are 4-10 SU in their last 14 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of the Sharks’ last 5 battles with the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks. The NHL pick for this game is the San Jose Sharks.


This year, there was a noticeable disparity in penalty kill percentage between Buffalo, which is currently 30th in the NHL with a kill percentage of 72.8, and San Jose, which is currently third in hockey with an overall kill percentage of 83.8.


The Sabres allow 32.5 shot attempts per game while the Sharks allow 29.6 shot attempts per game. This difference in shot attempts per game is likewise marginal.


Choose San Jose Sharks to win this game because they won the last four games in a row. The San Jose Sharks will win to a predicted score of 6-4.


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Buffalo Sabres vs San Jose Sharks 2/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 10:30 PM (EDT)


Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA


Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023




NHL Odds: Buffalo Sabres -115


NHL Totals: 6.5


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