Avalanche vs Sabres Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-145) Sabres (+131)
KeyBank Center is the site where Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (23-22-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Colorado Avalanche (28-16-6, 2nd in the Central Division) on Tuesday. The Avalanche open this matchup at -145 while the Sabres are coming in at +131. The O/U opens at 6. The Avalanche are covering 56.0% of the time, having gone 28-22 SU. The Sabres are covering 43.1% of the time, going 22-29 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 28 wins and 16 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 182 goals which has them sitting at 1st in the West and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +34, ranking them 4th in the league. The Avalanche currently have a total of 62 pts, which has them sitting at 12th in the league and 3rd in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,657 which has them sitting at 6th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league. As a unit, Colorado currently has a total of 856 hits which means they are averaging 17.1 per game. They currently have a total of 593 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,717 mins in goal this season. Grubauer is conceding 2.90 goals per game which has him sitting 18th in the Western Conference and 36th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he has surrendered 83 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .908 which has him sitting 22nd in the Western Conference.
The Colorado Avalanche will look for better times on the ice after their 6 - 3 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous game. The Avalanche had an average offensive performance in this loss. For this game, they netted 3 of the 31 shots they tried. They also had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Colorado ended up with a total of 12 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 42 and the Corsi against was 41 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 50.6%. Their Fenwick was 36 while the Fenwick against sat at 28, which tells us they had a rate of 56.3%. They earned 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 32 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 55.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 87.8 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 28 shots. They had a total of 8 minutes in the box and they earned 5 power play chances.
The Sabres will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 23 victories and 22 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are currently sitting 13th in the East and 23rd in the league with -11. They have compiled a total of 149 goals for this season which ranks 11th in the conference. Buffalo has a team save % of .901 which currently has them ranked 22nd in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.8% which is good for 9th in the conference. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a tough season by giving up 3.13 goals against average and that ranks him 26th in the East and 54th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,152 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 60 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897, which has him sitting 28th in the East and 55th among goalies in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres squared up with the Columbus Blue Jackets in an outing where the Sabres got the victory by a score of 2 - 1. For this matchup, Buffalo earned a 50.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 40 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 39. They had a Fenwick percentage of 54.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Blue Jackets having earned a 29 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Buffalo had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 102.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 41.2%. The Sabres notched 2 goals of the 24 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play opportunity in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Buffalo gave up 23 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets had a total of 0 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-145)
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