Ducks vs Sabres Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/9/2020
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+118) Sabres (-130)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (22-26-7, 7th in the Pacific Division) go to KeyBank Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Buffalo Sabres (24-23-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division). The Ducks open this matchup at +118 while the Sabres are priced at -130. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Ducks are covering 34.0% of the time, having gone 17-33 SU. The Sabres are covering 42.6% of the time, going 23-31 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks head into this game holding a record of 22 wins and 26 losses, ranking them 7th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 138 goals which is 14th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -32, ranking them 26th in the league. The Ducks currently have a total of 51 points, which is 27th in the league and 14th in the Western Conference. When it comes to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,643 which is 12th in the West and 23rd in the league. As a group, Anaheim currently has a total of 1,143 hits which means they are averaging 20.8 per game. They currently have a total of 610 blocks for this year. The goalie for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 2,449 mins minding the net for the season. Gibson is giving up 2.96 goals against average which places him at 22nd among West goalies and 43rd among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 121 goals. He has a save % of .904 which places him at 24th among West goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 4 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last game. The Ducks had a impressive offensive outing in this defeat. In their game, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 30 shots they attempted. They also had 3 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Anaheim had 12 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Ducks sat at 51 and the Corsi against was 50 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against was 40, which gave them a rate of 45.9%. They earned 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 27 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 60.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 98.0 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned 35 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty mins and they earned 5 power play attempts.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 24 victories and 23 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in the league with -15. They currently have a total of 156 goals for this season which has them ranked at 11th in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has a save % as a team of .900 which has them sitting 21st in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 9.7% ranking them 9th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a bad year by giving up 3.24 goals against average and that has him 28th in the East and 57th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,242 mins he has played this year, he has surrendered 67 goals. He's earned a save % of .894, which puts him at 29th in the East and 58th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres faced off against the New York Rangers in an outing where the Sabres earned a victory by a score of 3 - 2. In this game, Buffalo had a 47.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 54 and the other team having a Corsi of 61. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Rangers having a 45 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Buffalo had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO of 109.1 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.4%. The Sabres notched 3 goals of the 28 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. Concerning their opponent, the Rangers had 2 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Buffalo allowed 39 shots on goal and the Rangers earned 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+118)
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