Free NHL Picks Today: Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators 4/13/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators 4/13/23
Thu 13th April 2023

Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes on Monday. The Senators committed six penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Claude Giroux was the top goalscorer for the Senators with two goals. Mads Sogaard saved an impressive 27 of 29 shots (.931%) in the win.

Buffalo fell 6-2 to the Devils on Tuesday. Mattias Samuelsson and Jeff Skinner each scored once for the Sabres. Alex Tuch had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Devon Levi saved only 24 of 28 shots against (.857%) in the loss.


The Senators have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 3-1 victory in their most recent meeting in January.

Tim Stuetzle (2G 0A) and Giroux (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Ottawa. Zemgus Girgensons scored Buffalo’s only goal. Anton Forsberg got the win, saving 33 of 34 shots (.970%).


Ottawa is averaging 3.16 goals per game for the season, 17th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Sabres team that is allowing 3.65 goals a game (27th).

Meanwhile, Buffalo has found the net 3.55 times a game on average, fourth in the league, and the Senators are allowing opponents to score 3.28 goals per game (20th).

Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Sabres, as the Senators are averaging 4.74 penalties per game, most in the NHL. The visitors’ 12.48 penalty minutes a game also ranks first-highest. The home team has been penalized 3.40 times a game (6th-fewest in the league) for an average of 7.50 minutes (2nd-fewest).

The Senators’ 23.51% power play percentage ranks seventh in the league, while the Sabres are eighth with a conversion rate of 23.48%. Buffalo has been less successful at penalty killing, as the home team possesses the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 72.97%. Ottawa’s 80.48% ranks 14th in the NHL.


With 88 and 82 points this season, Stuetzle and Brady Tkachuk have been the top skaters for the Senators. In the net, Cam Talbot (17-14-2) is Ottawa’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.93 GAA and a .898% save percentage.

Tage Thompson leads the Sabres in scoring with 93 points. He has 46 goals (6th) and 47 assists. Craig Anderson (10-11-2) has the best goals against average for Buffalo at 3.07.

He has a save percentage of .908%. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (17-11-4) has played the most games in net for the Sabres this season. He has a 3.61 GAA and a .891% save percentage.


Ottawa is seeking to reverse a five-game losing streak away from home this season. Buffalo is 16-20-4 at home this season.

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