Buffalo Sabres vs Winnipeg Jets Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/3/2020
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Winnipeg Jets
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+104) Jets (-115)
Bell MTS Place is the venue where Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (33-28-6, 5th in the Central Division) will take on the Buffalo Sabres (29-28-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. The Sabres open this game at +104 while the Jets are coming in at -115. The O/U has been set at 6. The Sabres are covering 43.8% of the time, having gone 28-36 SU. The Jets are covering 46.9% of the time, going 30-34 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres head into this game holding a record of 29 victories and 28 losses, which puts them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 187 goals which ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference and 21st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -16, which puts them at 25th in the NHL. The Sabres have earned a total of 66 pts, which ranks 24th in the NHL and 13th in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,900 which ranks 14th in the East and 29th in the NHL. As a unit, Buffalo has a total of 1,170 hits which means they are averaging 18 per game. They have earned a total of 633 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has played 1,660 minutes protecting the goal this year. Hutton is giving up an average of 3.18 GAA which has him placed 27th in the East and 56th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's given up 88 goals. He holds a save % of .898 which has him placed 30th in the East.
The Buffalo Sabres had a rough game after their 5 - 2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes their last time out. The Sabres could have played much better offensively in this loss. In this outing, they finished 2 out of the 27 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Buffalo ended up with 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 52 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick was 31 while the Fenwick against sat at 40, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 43.7%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 66.7% and they had a PDO of 94.6 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes earned a total of 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Jets will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 33 wins and 28 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they rank 8th in the West and 17th in the NHL with +2. They have earned a total of 198 goals for this season which is 8th in the Western Conference. Winnipeg has a save % as a team of .910 which has them ranked 9th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% which puts them at 7th in the Western Conference. In goal for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.67 goals against average and that places him 11th among Western Conference goalies and 24th among goalies in the NHL. In the 3,029 mins he's played this season, he has surrendered 135 goals. His save % is .919, which places him at 7th among Western Conference goalies and 12th among goalies in the NHL.
The Winnipeg Jets faced off against the Edmonton Oilers in a game where the Jets ended up losing by a score of 3 - 2. In this outing, Winnipeg wound up with a 60.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 67 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 64.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 50 and the Oilers finishing with a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Winnipeg had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 99.0 and they had an oZS percentage of 59.6%. The Jets converted 2 goals of the 41 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but were not able to net one. On the other side of the ice, the Oilers had 2 power play attempts and came through by scoring 2 goals. Winnipeg allowed 22 shots on goal and the Oilers ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Winnipeg (-115)
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