New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
KeyBank Center is the site where Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (9-2-2, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will take on the New York Islanders (8-3-0, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The Islanders open this matchup at +102 while the Sabres are priced at -113. The total opens at 5.5. The Islanders cover 70.0% of the time, having gone 7-3 SU. Buffalo is covering 66.7% of the time, going 8-4 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 8 wins and 3 losses, ranking them 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 33 goals which is good for 11th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +6, ranking them 10th in the NHL. The Islanders currently have a total of 16 pts, which is good for 14th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 304 which is good for 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the NHL. As a group, New York has compiled a total of 241 hits which has them averaging 21.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 180 blocks for the season. The goaltender for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played 332 minutes defending the net for the season. Varlamov is giving up 2.53 goals per contest which has him placed 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 15th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he's given up 14 goals. He holds a save percentage of .918 which has him placed 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New York Islanders had a good night with a 5 - 3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in their last contest. The Islanders had a solid offensive output and it showed in this win. In this game, they finished 5 out of the 33 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities but didn't net one. New York ended up with 13 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 39 and the Corsi against at even strength was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 44.3%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 31, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 51.6%. They won 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 44.0% and they had a PDO of 103.4 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 31 shots. They had 11 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play chances.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 9 wins and 2 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL with +11. They have earned a total of 43 goals for the year which has them ranked at 6th in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has a save % as a team of .926 which currently has them ranked 2nd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.9% ranking them 6th in the conference. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.21 GAA and that ranks him 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL among goalies. In the 488 mins he has been on the ice, he's allowed 18 goals. His save % is .926, which puts him at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL among goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres squared up with the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Sabres ended up taking the loss by a tally of 3 - 2. In this outing, Buffalo earned a 44.8% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 43 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick rate came in at 44.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 37 and the Coyotes ending the game with a 46 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Buffalo had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO of 101.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 32.3%. The Sabres converted 2 goals of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Coyotes had 2 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. Buffalo conceded 44 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (+102)
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