Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+131) Canucks (-145)
Linus Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres (13-11-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) are headed to Rogers Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Vancouver Canucks (14-11-4, 5th in the Pacific Division). The Canucks open this game at -145 while the Sabres are coming in at +131. The total has been set at 6. The Sabres are covering 42.9% of the time, having gone 12-16 SU. Vancouver covers 42.3% of the time, going 11-15 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres head into this game holding a record of 13 victories and 11 losses, which is good for 3rd in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 87 goals which has them ranked at 10th in the East and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 17th in the NHL. The Sabres currently have a total of 31 points, which has them ranked at 19th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 902 which has them ranked at 10th in the East and 18th in the NHL. As a group, Buffalo has a total of 400 hits which means they have an average of 13.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 259 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Buffalo is Linus Ullmark from Elmhurst, Illinois. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 898 mins minding the net for the season. Kinkaid is surrendering 2.94 goals per contest which places him at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 35th among goalies in the NHL. So far this year, he has allowed 44 goals. His save % is .914 which places him at 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The Buffalo Sabres will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 3 defeat to the Calgary Flames in their last contest. The Sabres offense showed they have some room for improvement in this defeat. For this outing, they netted 3 out of the 29 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 8 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those opportunities. Buffalo earned 4 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 33 and the Corsi against was 46 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 41.8%. Their Fenwick was 25 while the Fenwick against sat at 37, which earned them a rate of 40.3%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.9% and they had a PDO of 103.8 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Calgary Flames racked up 29 shots. They ended the game with 16 penalty mins and they had 2 power play chances.
The Canucks will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 14 wins and 11 losses. in respect to goal differential, they rank 4th in the West and 10th in the NHL with +9. They have a total of 94 goals for the year which has them ranked at 2nd in the conference. Vancouver has a save percentage as a team of .908 which is good for 14th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% which puts them at 5th in the West. In net for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.83 goals per game and that has him 15th in the West and 25th in the NHL among goalies. In the 657 mins he's played this season, he has surrendered 31 goals. He holds a save percentage of .912, which ranks him 14th in the West and 23rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks opposed the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Canucks took home the victory by a score of 5 - 2. In this game, Vancouver had a 47.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 37 and the other team having a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick rate was 46.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 28 and the Senators having earned a 32 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vancouver had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 110.5 and they had an oZS percentage of 37.5%. The Canucks netted 5 goals of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this game and converted 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Senators had 3 power play chances but were not able to take advantage. Vancouver conceded 42 shots on goal and the Senators earned 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+131)
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