Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres Expert NHL Picks 11/14/2019
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-133) Sabres (-111)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (10-7-1, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to KeyBank Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Buffalo Sabres (9-6-2, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The Sabres open this contest at -111 while the Hurricanes are priced at -133. The total opens at 6.5. The Hurricanes cover 52.9% of the time, having gone 9-8 SU. Buffalo covers 50.0% of the time, going 8-8 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 10 wins and 7 defeats, which puts them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 60 goals which has them at 6th in the East and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +8, which puts them at 8th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have a total of 21 pts, which has them at 15th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 614 which has them at 4th in the conference and 9th in the NHL. As a group, Carolina currently has a total of 242 hits which has them averaging 13.4 per contest. They have a total of 157 blocks for the season. The man in net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played 694 mins defending the goal this season. Mrazek is conceding an average of 2.51 GAA which has him ranking 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 13th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 29 goals. He's earned a save % of .907 which has him ranking 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 8 - 2 win over the Ottawa Senators in their previous game. The Hurricanes had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in this victory. In their game, they converted 8 of the 43 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those opportunities. Carolina racked up 13 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 52 and the Corsi against was 33 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 61.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 41 while the Fenwick against sat at 24, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 63.1%. They took 23 face-off wins and lost 30 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 61.3% and they had a PDO of 107.6 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Ottawa Senators tallied 29 shots. They had a total of 13 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 9 wins and 6 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the NHL with +2. They have a total of 49 goals for the season which has them at 11th in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has a save percentage as a team of .917 which has them 7th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.5% ranking them 10th in the East. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having an average season by giving up 2.39 goals per game and that ranks him 5th among East goaltenders and 9th in the NHL among goalies. In the 603 mins he's played, he has given up 24 goals. He's earned a save % of .921, which puts him at 4th among East goaltenders and 9th in the NHL among goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in an outing where the Sabres ended up losing by a final score of 5 - 3. For this outing, Buffalo had a 60.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 48 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 32. They had a Fenwick percentage of 55.4% by earning a Fenwick of 36 and the Lightning having earned a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Buffalo had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.6 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Sabres notched 3 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Lightning had 3 power play chances and ended up scoring 2 goals. Buffalo conceded 40 shots on goal and the Lightning ended up with a total of 16 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-111)
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