Canadiens vs Sabres Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/30/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+100) Sabres (-110)
KeyBank Center is the venue where Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (22-21-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Montreal Canadiens (22-22-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The Sabres open this contest at -110 while the Canadiens are coming in at +100. The total has been set at 6. The Canadiens are covering 39.6% of the time, having gone 19-29 SU. The Sabres are covering 42.9% of the time, going 21-28 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 22 wins and 22 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 154 goals which has them sitting at 9th in the conference and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, putting them at 21st in the NHL. The Canadiens currently have a total of 51 points, which has them sitting at 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the conference. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,779 which has them sitting at 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. As a group, Montreal has obtained a total of 1,299 hits which means they have an average of 25.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 603 blocks for the year. The man in the crease for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,422 minutes protecting the goal this year. Price is giving up 2.85 goals per game which has him ranking 16th among East goaltenders and 28th in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 115 goals. His save percentage is .909 which has him ranking 16th among East goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 1 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous game. The Canadiens had a below average offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they finished 1 out of the 35 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Montreal racked up a total of 4 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 59 and the Corsi against was 35 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 62.8%. Their Fenwick was 46 and the Fenwick against was 27, which means they had a rate of 63.0%. They won 28 face-off wins and lost 26 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 78.1% and they had a PDO of 93.6 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers tallied 26 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 22 victories and 21 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 13th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the league with -10. They have earned a total of 146 goals for this year which has them sitting at 11th in the conference. Buffalo has a team save % of .901 which has them sitting 20th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% which is good for 8th in the East. In goal for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 3.31 GAA and that places him 29th among East goalies and 61st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,032 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 57 goals. His save % is .892, which has him ranking 29th among East goalies and 60th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres faced the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Sabres went home in defeat by a final of 5 - 2. In their game, Buffalo wound up with a 46.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 35 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 40. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 43.5% with a Fenwick of 27 and the Senators having earned a 35 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Buffalo played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO at even strength was 100.7 and their oZS percentage was 50.0%. The Sabres netted 2 goals of the 30 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and were able to net 1 out of those tries. As for the opposition, the Senators had 4 power play opportunities and went on to score 3 goals. Buffalo gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Senators had a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-110)
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