Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals NHL Tips 11/1/2019
Friday, November 1, 2019
Capital One Arena
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (9-2-3, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) play the Buffalo Sabres (9-2-2, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) at Capital One Arena on Friday, November 1, 2019. The Sabres open this game at +158 while the Capitals are priced at -175. The total has been set at 6.5. The Sabres cover 66.7% of the time, having gone 8-4 SU. Washington is covering 61.5% of the time, going 8-5 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 2 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 43 goals which has them at 6th in the conference and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +11, which is good for 6th in the league. The Sabres have earned a total of 20 pts, which has them at 3rd in the league and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 393 which has them at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the league. As a team, Buffalo has collected a total of 188 hits which has them averaging 14.5 per contest. They have earned a total of 130 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has played 488 minutes in net this year. Hutton is surrendering 2.21 goals against average which has him placed 4th among East goalies and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 18 goals. He has a save percentage of .926 which has him placed 4th among East goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 defeat against the Arizona Coyotes in their previous contest. The Sabres had a below average offensive performance in the loss. In their game, they scored on 2 of the 26 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Buffalo earned 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Sabres was 43 and the Corsi against was 53 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 44.8%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 46, which tells us they had a rate of 44.6%. They won 22 face-off wins and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 32.3% and they had a PDO of 101.4 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes put up 44 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Capitals are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 9 wins and 2 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the conference and 9th in the NHL with +7. They have earned a total of 53 goals for this year which has them at 1st in the East. Washington has a save % as a team of .894 which currently has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 12.4% which puts them at 1st in the East. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.55 goals per game and that has him ranked 21st in the East and 38th in the NHL among goalies. In the 558 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 33 goals. He's earned a save % of .888, which has him placed 19th in the East and 36th in the NHL among goalies.
The Washington Capitals opposed the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Capitals earned a victory by a final score of 4 - 3. For this outing, Washington wound up with a 49.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 31 while their opponent had a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 26 and the Maple Leafs finishing with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Washington played and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 99.3 and their oZS percentage was 40.2%. The Capitals netted 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 7 power play opportunities in this game and converted 2 out of those tries. Regarding the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 8 power play chances and were able to tally 1 goal. Washington conceded 31 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs had a total of 16 penalty minutes.
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Guy's Pick: Take Washington (-175)
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