Buffalo Sabres at St. Louis Blues NHL Picks & Predictions 12/10/2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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The Buffalo Sabres head to Scottrade Center to take on the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, December 10, 2017. The opening line for this contest has the Sabres at +118 and the Blues at -130.
Buffalo has a record of 7-17-5 this year and away from home they have a record of 4-8-4. They are 8th in the Atlantic Division. They have tallied 62 goals and surrendered 99 goals for a point differential of -37. For the year they have an ATS mark of 7-22-0 and an over/under record of 11-15-0. St. Louis has a record of 19-8-2 including 10-5-0 on home ice this year. They are 1st in the Central Division. They've scored 95 goals and have given up 75 for a goal differential of +20. Their record against the spread is 19-10-0 while their over/under mark is 14-15-0.
Valuable Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 7-22-0 straight up this year
The Buffalo Sabres are 11-15-0 against the over/under this season
Important St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
The St. Louis Blues are 19-10-0 straight up this year
The St. Louis Blues are 14-15-0 against the over/under this season
Key Buffalo Sabres Injuries
12/08/17 D Nathan Beaulieu Illness is "?" Sunday vs St Louis
11/27/17 C Jacob Josefson Ankle IR (11/26)
11/17/17 D Taylor Fedun Lower Body IR (11/15)
Key St. Louis Blues Injuries
12/08/17 GO Carter Hutton Lower Body IR (12/07)
10/07/17 LW Zachary Sanford Shoulder IR (10/01)
09/27/17 C Robby Fabbri ACL IR (10/01)
Evander Kane has scored 26 total points this year for the Sabres. He has 13 goals this season with 129 shots on net, giving him a shooting percentage of 10%. He has a total of 13 assists on the year and averages 20.1 minutes played per contest. Jason Pominville averages 15.3 minutes of ice time per game this season. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 13% by tallying 8 goals on 61 attempts. He has 8 assists, giving him a total of 16 points on the year. Robin Lehner has 6 wins and 12 losses this season in goal for the Sabres. He has 625 shots against him and he's surrendered 57 goals. He's made 568 stops for a save percentage of 91%.
Brayden Schenn has 34 total points this season for the Blues. He has 14 goals this year with 80 shots on goal, giving him a shooting percentage of 18%. He has a total of 20 assists on the year and averages 19.5 minutes played per contest. Vladimir Tarasenko averages 19.7 minutes of ice time per contest. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 11% by scoring 13 goals on 122 attempts. He has 17 assists, giving him a total of 30 points on the year. Jake Allen has 15 wins and 6 losses this season in net for the Blues. He has 668 shots against him and he's given up 60 goals. He's made 608 saves for a save percentage of 91%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Sabres have 19 total points this year, which is 31st in the NHL. They've scored 62 goals while giving up 99 scores, which has them ranked 31st and 2nd respectively. They have had 92 power play chances and scored 11 goals on those opportunities for a percentage of 12%. That is 30th in the league. The Sabres have given up 91 power play opportunities and surrendered 18 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 80%, ranking them 16th when short-handed. They average 31 shots per contest and as a team shoot 6.87% for the year. They allow 32 shot attempts to their opposition per game and have a team save percentage of 89%, which is 27th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
The Blues are 4th in the league with a total of 40 points this season. They have 19 power play goals on 107 chances for a percentage of 18%. That is 22nd in the NHL. They've given up 89 power play opportunities and surrendered 19 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 79%, ranking 23rd overall. As a team, the Blues are 7th with a total of 95 goals scored while they've given up 75 goals this season, ranking 26th in goals against. They average 34 shots per game and have a team shooting percentage of 9.58%. As a unit they give up 30 shots per contest and have a save percentage of 91%, putting them 9th overall in the NHL.
Buffalo is 18th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 48.6%, as they've attempted 1,581 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,674 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is 48.9% as they have 1,210 attempts while they have given up 1,266 shots on the defensive end. That ranks them 18th in the league. The Sabres start possessions in the offensive zone 52.8% of the time, which is 8th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 47.2% for the season. That is 22nd overall in the NHL. They have 900 face-off wins compared to 858 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 51.2%. That ranks them 11th in the league. On defense Buffalo has 669 hits and they have blocked 408 shots from the opposition, putting them 19th overall.
The Blues start possessions in the offensive zone 52.1% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 47.9% for the year. That ranks them 15th and 21st respectively in the NHL. They have 864 face-off wins as opposed to 896 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 49.1%. That is 25th in the league. On defense St. Louis has 680 hits and they've blocked 406 attempts from opposing offenses, ranking them 21st in blocked shots. St. Louis is ranked 4th in Corsi percentage with 53.2% as they've tried 1,771 shots on goal while at full strength while they have surrendered 1,559 shots on net when they have a full team on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage is 3rd in the NHL at 54%, as they have 1,353 shots while they've given up 1,153 attempts on defense.
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