Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers NHL Picks 11/24/2019
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+118) Panthers (-130)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (12-5-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) play the Buffalo Sabres (10-9-3, 6th in the Atlantic Division) at BB&T Center on Sunday, November 24, 2019. The Panthers open this game at -130 while the Sabres are coming in at +118. The over/under has been set at 6. The Sabres cover 42.9% of the time, having gone 9-12 SU. The Panthers cover 47.4% of the time, going 9-10 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres head into this game with a record of 10 wins and 9 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 61 goals which is good for 13th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -4, which is good for 19th in the NHL. The Sabres have compiled a total of 23 pts, which is good for 19th in the NHL and 11th in the conference. With regard to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 683 which is good for 12th in the East and 22nd in the NHL. As a unit, Buffalo has racked up a total of 324 hits which means they have an average of 14.7 per game. They have compiled a total of 195 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has played 724 minutes in net for the season. Hutton is allowing an average of 2.73 goals against average which puts him at 11th among Eastern Conference goalies and 21st among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 33 goals. His save percentage is .909 which puts him at 10th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 loss against the Boston Bruins their last time out. The Sabres had a below average offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they scored on 2 of the 38 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Buffalo ended up with 11 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Sabres was 44 and the Corsi against was 24 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 64.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 while the Fenwick against was 15, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 68.8%. They took 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 59.3% and they had a PDO of 95.8 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Boston Bruins racked up a total of 27 shots. They had a total of 15 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Panthers are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 12 wins and 5 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they currently sit 8th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league with +4. They have earned a total of 81 goals for this season which has them at 2nd in the conference. Florida has a team save percentage of .887 which has them 26th in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.9% which is good for 6th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a tough campaign by giving up 3.47 goals per game and that has him ranked 22nd in the East and 46th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,039 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's given up 60 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .886, which places him at 24th in the East and 46th in the NHL among goalies.
The Florida Panthers faced the Anaheim Ducks in a game where the Panthers notched a victory by a final score of 5 - 4. For this matchup, Florida earned a 46.6% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 48 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 55. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 47.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Ducks earning a 37 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Florida had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their PDO at even strength was 107.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 55.0%. The Panthers converted 5 goals of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but were not able to net one. Concerning their opponent, the Ducks had 1 power play attempt and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Florida allowed 32 shots on goal and the Ducks ended up with a total of 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+118)
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