San Jose Sharks vs Buffalo Sabres Expert NHL Picks 10/22/2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (7-1-1, 1st in the Atlantic Division) play the San Jose Sharks (3-5-0, 8th in the Pacific Division) at KeyBank Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The line on this game has the Sharks priced at +113 and the Sabres are at -125. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Sharks are covering 37.5% of the time, having gone 3-5 SU. The Sabres are covering 75.0% of the time, going 6-2 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this matchup holding a record of 3 victories and 5 losses, which is good for 8th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 21 goals which has them ranked at 12th in the West and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is -7, which is good for 24th in the league. The Sharks have earned a total of 6 pts, which has them ranked at 24th in the league and 11th in the Western Conference. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 236 which has them ranked at 13th in the West and 23rd in the league. As a unit, San Jose has collected a total of 142 hits which means they are averaging 17.8 per contest. They have earned a total of 63 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has racked up 336 mins defending the goal for the season. Jones is giving up 3.39 goals against average which has him ranked 15th among West goalies and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 19 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .899 which has him ranked 14th among West goalies.
The San Jose Sharks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sharks had an average offensive outing in this defeat. In their game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 4 power play attempts and notched 2 goals out of those opportunities. San Jose ended up with 8 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 31 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 55.1%. Their Fenwick was 29 while the Fenwick against sat at 26, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.7%. They earned 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 58.3% and they had a PDO of 84.8 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Buffalo Sabres earned a total of 35 shots. They had a total of 8 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Sabres will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they have 7 victories and 1 loss. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently ranked 1st in the conference and 2nd in the league with +12. They have earned a total of 33 goals for the year which ranks them 4th in the conference. Buffalo has a team save % of .930 which currently has them ranked 5th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 11.8% which puts them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is playing well this year by allowing only 1.39 goals per contest and that ranks him 1st among East goalies and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 301 mins he's played this season, he has allowed 7 goals. He's earned a save % of .953, which places him at 1st among East goalies and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres went up against the San Jose Sharks in an outing where the Sabres notched a win by a mark of 4 - 3. In this outing, Buffalo had a 44.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 31 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 38. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 47.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 26 and the Sharks earning a 29 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Buffalo had and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 115.2 and their percentage of oZS was 41.7%. The Sabres scored 4 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Sharks had 4 power play chances and came through by scoring 2 goals of those attempts. Buffalo allowed 32 shots on goal and the Sharks racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-125)
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