New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+113) Sabres (-125)
Linus Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) host the New Jersey Devils (9-12-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at KeyBank Center on Monday, December 2, 2019. The Devils open this contest at +113 while the Sabres are priced at -125. The total opens at 6. The Devils cover 33.3% of the time, having gone 8-16 SU. Buffalo covers 42.3% of the time, going 11-15 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 9 victories and 12 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 64 goals which puts them at 15th in the conference and 30th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -23, which puts them at 30th in the NHL. The Devils have compiled a total of 22 pts, which puts them at 30th in the NHL and 15th in the conference. In connection with shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 755 which puts them at 14th in the conference and 29th in the NHL. As a team, New Jersey currently has a total of 361 hits which means they are averaging 14.4 per contest. They have compiled a total of 237 blocks for the year. The man in goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,038 mins defending the goal for the campaign. Blackwood is conceding an average of 3.12 goals against average which has him placed 18th in the East and 39th in the NHL. For the year, he has given up 54 goals. He's earned a save % of .898 which has him placed 19th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 0 loss to the New York Rangers in their previous game. The Devils didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. While out there on the ice, they finished 0 of the 33 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 8 power play chances but weren't able to score. New Jersey racked up a total of 13 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils was 30 and the Corsi against was 22 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 57.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 and the Fenwick against sat at 20, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. They took 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 39.5% and they had a PDO of 91.7 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Rangers earned a total of 23 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 34 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Sabres will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 12 victories and 10 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the conference and 20th in the NHL with -4. They currently have a total of 77 goals for the season which puts them at 11th in the conference. Buffalo has a save % as a team of .907 which is good for 14th in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% putting them at 11th in the East. In goal for Buffalo is Linus Ullmark who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.00 GAA and that places him 16th among Eastern Conference goalies and 35th in the NHL. In the 780 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 39 goals. He has a save percentage of .911, which has him ranked 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 23rd in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Sabres took the loss by a score of 2 - 1. For this game, Buffalo earned a 48.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 47 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate was 49.4% by earning a Fenwick of 40 and the Maple Leafs earning a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Buffalo had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 101.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 50.0%. The Sabres notched 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 1 power play opportunity and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Buffalo gave up 43 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs ended up with 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-125)
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