Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers NHL Betting Tips 10/24/2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden is the site where Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (2-4-1, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1, 1st in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The Sabres open this contest at -120 while the Rangers are priced at +109. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Sabres cover 77.8% of the time, having gone 7-2 SU. The Rangers cover 28.6% of the time, going 2-5 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres come into the game holding a record of 8 victories and 1 loss, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 37 goals which ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +13, which puts them at 1st in the NHL. The Sabres currently have a total of 17 points, which ranks 1st in the NHL and 1st in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 309 which ranks 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. As a unit, Buffalo currently has a total of 144 hits which means they have an average of 14.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 109 blocks for this season. The man looking after the net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has been on the ice a total of 364 minutes minding the net for the year. Hutton is conceding an average of 1.65 goals against average which has him sitting 1st among Eastern Conference goalies and 2nd in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he's surrendered 10 goals. He's earned a save % of .943 which has him sitting 2nd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 win against the San Jose Sharks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sabres had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the victory. For this game, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 29 shots they put on net. They also had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Buffalo earned a total of 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Sabres was 32 and the Corsi against was 40 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 27 while the Fenwick against sat at 31, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 46.6%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 39.1% and they had a PDO of 102.0 for this one. When it comes to their opponent, the San Jose Sharks earned 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Rangers will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 2 wins and 4 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 12th in the conference and 22nd in the league with -6. They have a total of 19 goals for this season which puts them at 15th in the conference. New York has a save % as a team of .902 which currently has them ranked 16th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 9.5% putting them at 7th in the conference. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad campaign by giving up 3.57 GAA and that ranks him 21st among East goaltenders and 38th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 235 mins he's been on the ice, he has given up 14 goals. He has a save % of .906, which puts him at 13th among East goaltenders and 26th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New York Rangers faced off against the Arizona Coyotes in a matchup where the Rangers were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 3 - 2. In this game, New York went home with a 40.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 32 while the opposition had a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick rate was 41.8% by notching a Fenwick of 23 and the Coyotes finishing with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 99.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 40.9%. The Rangers scored 2 goals out of the 19 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and were able to convert 1 out of those chances. Concerning the opposition, the Coyotes had 5 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal on that chance. New York gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (-120) and over 2.5 total goals
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.