Thursday, December 29, 2016
First Niagara Center
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The Boston Bruins travel to First Niagara Center to play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, December 29, 2016. The opening line for this game has the Bruins at -124 and the Sabres at +112. The over/under has been set at 5.
Boston comes into this matchup having played 37 games. They have an overall record of 18-15-4 and on the road they have a record of 10-6-4. Currently they are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 88 goals and given up 91 goals for a point differential of -3. The Bruins have an overall record of 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 16-19 and an over/under record of 14-18-5. Buffalo shows up with a record of 13-13-8 including 7-7-3 at home this season. They are 7th in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 75 goals and surrendered 94 for a goal differential of -19. The Sabres have a record of 4-3-3 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 12-21 while their over/under record sits at 12-18-4.
David Pastrnak has accumulated 26 total points this season for the Bruins. He has 19 goals this season with 101 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 19%. He has a total of 7 assists on the season and averages 17 minutes played per game. Brad Marchand has averaged 19 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 10% by scoring 10 goals on 103 shots. He has 19 assists giving him a total of 29 points on the season. Tuukka Rask has 17 wins and 6 losses this season in net for the Bruins. He has had 689 shots against him and has given up 48 goals. He has made 641 saves for a save percentage of 93%.
Kyle Okposo has accumulated 22 total points this season for the Sabres. He has 9 goals this season with 81 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 13 assists on the season and averages 19 minutes played per game. Sam Reinhart has averaged 17 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 10% by scoring 7 goals on 72 shots. He has 12 assists giving him a total of 19 points on the season. Robin Lehner has 7 wins and 10 losses this season in net for the Sabres. He has had 700 shots against him and has given up 55 goals. He has made 645 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
The Bruins have 40 total points this season. They have scored 88 goals while giving up 91 goals. They have had 111 power play opportunities and have scored 15 goals on those chances for a percentage of 14%. The Bruins have allowed 121 power play opportunities and given up 16 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 87%. They average 34 shots per game and as a team are shooting 7.02% for the season to this point. They allow 27 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%.
The Sabres have a total of 34 points on the season. They have 24 power play goals on 106 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 23%. They have allowed 103 power play opportunities and have given up 27 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 74%. As a team, the Bruins have a total of 75 goals scored while they've given up 94 goals to this point. They average 29 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 7.49%. As a team they give up 33 shots per game and have a save percentage of 92%.
Boston has a Corsi percentage of 54.8% as they've attempted 2,333 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,927 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 54.9% as they have 1,733 attempts while they've given up 1,422 shots on the defensive end. The Bruins start possessions in the offensive zone 53.3% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 46.7% for the season. They have 1,206 face off wins compared to 1,072 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 52.9%. On defense Boston has 800 hits and they've blocked 505 shots from the opposition.
Buffalo has attempted 1,803 shots at full strength and they've given up 1,954 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 48% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 47.2% as they have 1,355 shots while they've given up 1,517 attempts on defense. The Sabres have an offensive zone percentage of 48.8% and their defensive zone percentage is 51.2% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 51.1% as they've compiled 1,070 face off wins this season and they have suffered 1,025 face off losses. On defense Buffalo has blocked 437 shot attempts and they have 809 hits as a unit.
Boston Bruins Betting Trends
The Boston Bruins are 16-19 straight up
The Boston Bruins are 14-18-5 against the over/under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 12-21 straight up
The Buffalo Sabres are 12-18-4 against the over/under
Boston Bruins Injuries
12/06/16 LW Matt Beleskey Knee expected to miss 6 weeks
11/29/16 D John-Michael Liles Concussion out indefinitely
Buffalo Sabres Injuries
12/27/16 C Ryan O'Reilly Appendix out indefinitely
12/03/16 RW Hudson Fasching Groin out indefinitely
11/12/16 C Cody McCormick Blood Clot out indefinitely
11/10/16 LW Tyler Ennis Groin out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo +112
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