Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres NHL Picks & Predictions 11/8/2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Ericsson Globe in Stockholm
Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5-2, 6th in the Atlantic Division) at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Sabres open this matchup at +140 while the Lightning are coming in at -155. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Lightning cover 41.7% of the time, having gone 5-7 SU. The Sabres cover 57.1% of the time, going 8-6 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning step onto the ice holding a record of 6 wins and 5 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 43 goals which has them at 10th in the conference and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -4, putting them at 22nd in the NHL. The Lightning currently have a total of 14 pts, which has them at 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the Eastern Conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 402 which has them at 13th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Tampa Bay has earned a total of 237 hits which has them averaging 18.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 122 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 538 minutes in goal this season. Vasilevskiy is conceding an average of 3.12 goals per game which has him sitting 14th among Eastern Conference goalies and 28th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 28 goals. His save % is .904 which has him sitting 15th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had a rough game after their 5 - 2 loss to the New York Islanders their last time out. The Lightning didn't have their best offensive outing in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they scored on 2 out of the 35 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Tampa Bay racked up 11 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Lightning sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 31 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 54.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 while the Fenwick against was 20, which earned them a rate of 54.5%. They took 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost 14 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 55.0% and they had a PDO of 76.7 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Islanders put up 26 shots. They had 11 minutes in the box and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The Sabres will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 9 victories and 4 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 7th in the conference and 12th in the NHL with +5. They have compiled a total of 44 goals for the season which is 9th in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has a save % as a team of .920 which currently has them sitting 6th in the NHL, meaning they are a tough group to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.8% which is good for 11th in the East. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a solid season by allowing only 2.09 goals per contest and that has him ranked 3rd among East goaltenders and 5th among goalies in the NHL. In the 547 mins he's played, he has surrendered 19 goals. His save % is .928, which places him at 4th among East goaltenders and 7th among goalies in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres played the New York Islanders in a game where the Sabres ended up taking the loss by a tally of 1 - 0. In this outing, Buffalo went home with a 57.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 46 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate was 58.3% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Islanders earning a 25 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Buffalo had and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 94.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 46.4%. The Sabres converted 0 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Islanders had 1 power play chance but were not able to take advantage. Buffalo conceded 21 shots on goal and the Islanders ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-155)
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