Buffalo Sabres vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/28/2020
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+231) Golden Knights (-260)
Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (29-26-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division) are headed to T-Mobile Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights (35-22-8, 1st in the Pacific Division). The Sabres open this game at +231 while the Golden Knights are coming in at -260. The total has been set at 6. The Sabres are covering 45.2% of the time, having gone 28-34 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 51.6% of the time, going 32-30 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres step onto the ice with a record of 29 wins and 26 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 183 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the conference and 21st in the league. Their goal differential is -11, putting them at 23rd in the league. The Sabres currently have a total of 66 points, which has them ranked at 24th in the league and 13th in the Eastern Conference. In connection with shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,839 which has them ranked at 14th in the East and 29th in the league. As a team, Buffalo has a total of 1,113 hits which has them averaging 17.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 610 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,601 mins defending the net for the season. Hutton is giving up 3.18 goals per contest which has him ranked 27th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 56th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's given up 85 goals. He has a save percentage of .898 which has him ranked 29th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3 - 2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in their previous contest. The Sabres didn't have their best offensive outing in this defeat. For this matchup, they netted 2 of the 33 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but didn't get a goal. Buffalo ended up with 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Sabres was 48 and the Corsi against was 65 giving them a Corsi percentage of 42.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 36 and the Fenwick against was 42, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 46.2%. They won 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 103.6 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche earned 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play chances.
The Golden Knights are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 35 victories and 22 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they rank 4th in the West and 12th in the league with +14. They have earned a total of 208 goals for the season which puts them at 2nd in the Western Conference. Vegas has a team save percentage of .900 which has them 22nd in the league, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 9.3% which puts them at 8th in the conference. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.73 goals against average and that has him 11th in the West and 27th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,701 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he's given up 123 goals. He holds a save percentage of .908, which has him ranking 18th in the West and 38th among goalies in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights opposed the Edmonton Oilers in an outing where the Golden Knights notched a win by a final score of 3 - 0. In this outing, Vegas had a 48.4% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 46 and their opponent having a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick rate was 48.5% by earning a Fenwick of 32 and the Oilers finishing with a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vegas had and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO at even strength was 108.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 48.0%. The Golden Knights notched 3 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this game and converted 1 out of those attempts. In discussing their opponent, the Oilers had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Vegas conceded 29 shots on goal and the Oilers earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (+231)
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