Sabres vs Rangers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/7/2020
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+149) Rangers (-165)
Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (23-23-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) travel to Madison Square Garden on Friday where they'll take on the New York Rangers (26-22-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division). The Rangers open this game at -165 while the Sabres are priced at +149. The total has been set at 6.5. The Sabres are covering 42.3% of the time, having gone 22-30 SU. New York is covering 50.0% of the time, going 26-26 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres head into this game holding a record of 23 victories and 23 losses, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 150 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the East and 20th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -16, putting them at 24th in the NHL. The Sabres have earned a total of 53 points, which has them ranked at 25th in the NHL and 13th in the East. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,547 which has them ranked at 14th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Buffalo has earned a total of 921 hits which means they have an average of 17.4 per contest. They have earned a total of 502 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,182 minutes minding the net for the season. Hutton is conceding 3.30 goals per contest which has him sitting 29th in the East and 60th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 65 goals. He has a save % of .891 which has him sitting 29th in the East.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 6 - 1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Sabres left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In this game, they finished 1 out of the 24 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Buffalo racked up a total of 0 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 42 and the Corsi against was 53 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 44.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 40, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 43.7%. They took 22 face-off wins and lost 28 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 53.3% and they had a PDO of 82.8 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Colorado Avalanche racked up a total of 27 shots. They finished with 4 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play opportunity.
The Rangers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 26 victories and 22 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the East and 17th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 171 goals for the season which has them sitting at 7th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save percentage of .905 which has them ranked 15th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 10.7% which puts them at 4th in the conference. In net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.13 goals per contest and that has him 25th in the East and 54th in the NHL. In the 1,516 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 79 goals. His save percentage is .907, which puts him at 20th in the East and 41st in the NHL.
The New York Rangers faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in an outing where the Rangers got the win by a tally of 5 - 3. For this game, New York earned a 44.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 50 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 62. Their Fenwick rate was 50.6% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Maple Leafs having earned a 42 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO of 108.7 and their oZS percentage was 48.6%. The Rangers netted 5 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 2 power play attempts and came through by scoring 1 goal. New York gave up 30 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs had a total of 11 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+149)
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