Thursday, February 4, 2016
First Niagara Center
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The Boston Bruins travel to First Niagara Center to play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, February 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has the Bruins at -145 and the Sabres at +131. The over/under has been set at 5.
Boston comes into this matchup having played 50 games. They have an overall record of 26-18-6 and on the road they have a record of 15-5-3. Currently they are 4th in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 150 goals and given up 135 goals for a point differential of +15. The Bruins have 6 overtime losses including 1 of them in a shootout. In the past 10 games they have an overall record of 5-4-1. For the season they have an ATS record of 23-24 and an over/under record of 22-22-6. Buffalo shows up with a record of 20-26-4 including 9-15-2 at home this season. They are 8th in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 114 goals and surrendered 136 for a goal differential of -22. The Sabres have 4 losses in OT and 3 of them occurred in a shootout. They have a record of 5-5-0 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 19-30 while their over/under record sits at 16-22-12.
Patrice Bergeron has accumulated 44 total points this season for the Bruins. He has 19 goals this season with 175 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 25 assists on the season and averages 20 minutes played per game. Loui Eriksson has averaged 20 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 14% by scoring 15 goals on 104 shots. He has 24 assists giving him a total of 39 points on the season. Tuukka Rask has 17 wins and 15 losses this season in net for the Bruins. He has had 1089 shots against him and has given up 92 goals. He has made 997 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Jack Eichel has accumulated 34 total points this season for the Sabres. He has 16 goals this season with 150 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 18 assists on the season and averages 19 minutes played per game. Ryan O'Reilly has averaged 22 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 15% by scoring 17 goals on 114 shots. He has 23 assists giving him a total of 40 points on the season. Chad Johnson has 12 wins and 13 losses this season in net for the Sabres. He has had 821 shots against him and has given up 68 goals. He has made 753 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
The Bruins have 58 total points this season. They have scored 147 goals while giving up 134 goals. They have had 139 power play opportunities and have scored 35 goals on those chances for a percentage of 25%. The Bruins have allowed 170 power play opportunities and given up 27 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 84%. They average 32 shots per game and as a team are shooting 9.29% for the season to this point. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%.
The Sabres have a total of 44 points on the season. They have 32 power play goals on 153 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 21%. They have allowed 124 power play opportunities and have given up 24 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 81%. As a team, the Bruins have a total of 113 goals scored while they've given up 133 goals to this point. They average 29 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 7.72%. As a team they give up 31 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%.
Boston has a Corsi percentage of 49.7% as they've attempted 2,753 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 2,782 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 50.5% as they have 2,098 attempts while they've given up 2,053 shots on the defensive end. The Bruins start possessions in the offensive zone 50.1% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 49.9% for the season. They have 1,540 face off wins compared to 1,502 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 50.6%. On defense Boston has 1,345 hits and they've blocked 729 shots from the opposition.
Buffalo has attempted 2,534 shots at full strength and they've given up 2,702 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 48.4% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 48.2% as they have 1,934 shots while they've given up 2,075 attempts on defense. The Sabres have an offensive zone percentage of 48.7% and their defensive zone percentage is 51.3% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 50.1% as they've compiled 1,466 face off wins this season and they have suffered 1,462 face off losses. On defense Buffalo has blocked 627 shot attempts and they have 1,145 hits as a unit.
Boston Bruins Betting Trends
The Boston Bruins are 23-24 straight up
The Boston Bruins are 22-22-6 against the over/under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 19-30 straight up
The Buffalo Sabres are 16-22-12 against the over/under
Boston Bruins Injuries
11/03/15 C Chris Kelly Leg out indefinitely
02/01/16 GO Jonas Gustavsson Heart out indefinitely
01/06/16 D Adam McQuaid Concussion out indefinitely
Buffalo Sabres Injuries
10/06/15 C Cody McCormick Blood Clot out indefinitely
02/02/16 LW Nicolas Deslauriers Foot is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Montreal
02/02/16 C Sam Reinhart Concussion is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Montreal
01/26/16 D Josh Gorges Upper Body is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Montreal
01/02/16 C Tyler Ennis Upper Body out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo
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