Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (-108) Senators (-102)
Canadian Tire Centre is the venue where Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators (15-18-4, 7th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Buffalo Sabres (17-13-7, 4th in the Atlantic Division) on Monday. The Senators open this matchup at -102 while the Sabres are coming in at -108. The over/under has been set at 6. The Sabres cover 44.4% of the time, having gone 16-20 SU. Ottawa covers 40.5% of the time, going 15-22 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres come into the game with a record of 17 victories and 13 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 113 goals which puts them at 9th in the East and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -2, putting them at 19th in the NHL. The Sabres currently have a total of 41 points, which puts them at 16th in the NHL and 9th in the Eastern Conference. In connection with shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,127 which puts them at 10th in the East and 21st in the NHL. As a team, Buffalo has obtained a total of 649 hits which means they have an average of 17.5 per game. They currently have a total of 353 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for Buffalo is Linus Ullmark from Elmhurst, Illinois. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,260 minutes minding the net this season. Kinkaid is allowing 2.86 goals per contest which puts him at 14th among Eastern Conference goalies and 27th in the NHL. During this season, he's allowed 60 goals. He holds a save percentage of .913 which puts him at 11th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Sabres had a middle of the road offensive output in this victory. In this game, they netted 3 of the 28 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Buffalo racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 52 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 40.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 while the Fenwick against sat at 35, meaning they had a rate of 46.2%. They took 14 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 51.9% and they had a PDO of 103.7 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Los Angeles Kings racked up 27 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play chances.
The Senators will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 15 wins and 18 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they sit 14th in the conference and 27th in the league with -17. They have earned a total of 103 goals for the year which is good for 12th in the conference. Ottawa has a team save % of .901 which has them sitting 21st in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which is good for 12th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Ottawa is Craig Anderson who is having a tough season by allowing 3.01 goals per game and that places him 20th among East goalies and 41st among goalies in the NHL. In the 837 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 42 goals. He's earned a save % of .901, which puts him at 25th among East goalies and 47th among goalies in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators went up against the Philadelphia Flyers in a game where the Senators ended up taking the loss by a tally of 5 - 4. In this game, Ottawa wound up with a 43.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 44 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick rate came in at 41.1% by notching a Fenwick of 30 and the Flyers finishing with a 43 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Ottawa had and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 102.5 and their oZS percentage was 44.6%. The Senators scored 4 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. Concerning their opponent, the Flyers had 5 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Ottawa allowed 38 shots on goal and the Flyers racked up a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (-108)
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