Golden Knights vs Sabres Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/14/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-135) Sabres (+122)
Linus Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres (20-19-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) play the Vegas Golden Knights (24-18-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) at KeyBank Center on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Sabres open this game at +122 while the Golden Knights are priced at -135. The over/under has been set at 6. The Golden Knights cover 46.7% of the time, having gone 21-24 SU. Buffalo is covering 42.2% of the time, going 19-26 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 18 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 146 goals which is 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 16th in the league. The Golden Knights have a total of 54 points, which is 13th in the league and 6th in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,641 which is 1st in the Western Conference and 1st in the league. As a group, Vegas has earned a total of 1,264 hits which means they have an average of 26.3 per game. They have a total of 534 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,878 mins protecting the net for the season. Fleury is surrendering an average of 2.84 goals per contest which ranks him 15th among Western Conference goaltenders and 30th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he's given up 89 goals. He holds a save percentage of .907 which ranks him 19th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights will need a bounce back game after taking a 3 - 0 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets the last time they stepped on the ice. The Golden Knights offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. In their game, they finished 0 of the 27 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Vegas had a total of 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 48 and the Corsi against was 35 giving them a Corsi percentage of 57.8%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 24, which means they had a rate of 61.3%. They took 25 face-off wins and lost 18 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 67.9% and they had a PDO of 88.2 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets put up 22 shots. They had 6 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Sabres are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 20 victories and 19 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they rank 13th in the East and 22nd in the league with -11. They currently have a total of 135 goals for the season which ranks them 11th in the East. Buffalo has a team save % of .899 which has them sitting 21st in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.9% which is good for 8th in the conference. In net for Buffalo is Linus Ullmark who is having an ok year by surrendering 2.81 goals against average and that places him 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,732 minutes he's played, he's given up 81 goals. His save percentage is .911, which has him ranking 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goalies.
The Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup where the Sabres ended up with the victory by a final score of 5 - 1. For this game, Buffalo had a 41.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 24 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 41.3% with a Fenwick of 19 and the Red Wings ending the game with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Buffalo played and they looked good in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 106.5 and they had an oZS percentage of 37.5%. The Sabres scored 5 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this game and were able to net 2 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Red Wings had 3 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Buffalo conceded 22 shots on goal and the Red Wings ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (+122)
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