Red Wings vs Sabres Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/6/2020
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+197) Sabres (-220)
KeyBank Center is the site where Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (23-23-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Detroit Red Wings (12-38-4, 8th in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The odds on this contest have the Red Wings coming in at +197 and the Sabres are at -220. The O/U is set at 6. The Red Wings are covering 20.8% of the time, having gone 11-42 SU. Buffalo covers 42.3% of the time, going 22-30 straight up.
The Detroit Red Wings head into this matchup holding a record of 12 wins and 38 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 110 goals which has them at 16th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the league. Their goal differential is -96, which puts them at 31st in the league. The Red Wings currently have a total of 28 pts, which has them at 31st in the league and 16th in the Eastern Conference. In discussing shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,504 which has them at 16th in the East and 31st in the league. As a team, Detroit has a total of 1,136 hits which has them averaging 21 per contest. They currently have a total of 598 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier from Pori, Finland. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,661 mins protecting the net this season. Bernier is conceding an average of 2.89 goals per game which ranks him 20th among East goalies and 40th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's surrendered 80 goals. His save percentage is .908 which ranks him 18th among East goalies.
The Detroit Red Wings were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 0 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous game. The Red Wings left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 0 out of the 16 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Detroit racked up 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Red Wings was 25 and the Corsi against was 57 giving them a Corsi percentage of 30.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 19 while the Fenwick against sat at 45, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 29.7%. They earned 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 28.0% and they had a PDO of 96.4 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up 31 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 23 victories and 23 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 13th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in the NHL with -16. They have compiled a total of 150 goals for this year which ranks 11th in the conference. Buffalo has a save percentage as a team of .899 which currently has them ranked 25th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.7% which puts them at 9th in the conference. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a rough year by allowing 3.30 goals per game and that has him 29th in the Eastern Conference and 60th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,182 mins he has been on the ice, he has given up 65 goals. His save percentage is .891, which has him ranked 29th in the Eastern Conference and 59th among goalies in the NHL.
The Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Sabres were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 6 - 1. In this game, Buffalo went home with a 44.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 42 while their opponent had a Corsi of 53. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 43.7% by notching a Fenwick of 31 and the Avalanche finishing with a 40 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Buffalo played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO was 82.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 53.3%. The Sabres notched 1 goal out of the 24 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but were not able to net one. In discussing the opposition, the Avalanche had 1 power play attempt but didn't tally a goal. Buffalo gave up 27 shots on goal and the Avalanche earned 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-220)
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