Sabres vs Red Wings Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/12/2020
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (-145) Red Wings (+131)
Little Caesars Arena is the venue where Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings (12-30-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Buffalo Sabres (19-18-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Sunday. The Red Wings open this game at +131 while the Sabres are priced at -145. The over/under is set at 6. The Sabres cover 41.9% of the time, having gone 18-25 SU. Detroit is covering 25.0% of the time, going 11-33 straight up.
The Buffalo Sabres step onto the ice holding a record of 19 wins and 18 losses, which is good for 5th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 127 goals which has them at 11th in the East and 21st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -12, which is good for 23rd in the NHL. The Sabres have compiled a total of 45 pts, which has them at 23rd in the NHL and 12th in the Eastern Conference. With regard to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,314 which has them at 12th in the East and 25th in the NHL. As a group, Buffalo has racked up a total of 772 hits which means they have an average of 17.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 411 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Buffalo is Linus Ullmark from Elmhurst, Illinois. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 1,672 mins defending the net for the campaign. Ullmark is allowing 2.87 goals against average which has him ranking 14th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he's given up 80 goals. He's earned a save % of .910 which has him ranking 13th in the Eastern Conference.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their last game. The Sabres didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. In this game, they earned a goal on 1 of the 19 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 1 power play opportunity but didn't get a goal. Buffalo had a total of 4 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Sabres was 33 and the Corsi against was 42 giving them a Corsi percentage of 44.0%. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick against was 33, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 46.8%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 49.5% and they had a PDO of 91.3 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the St. Louis Blues racked up a total of 31 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play opportunity.
The Red Wings will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 12 wins and 30 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they sit 16th in the Eastern Conference and 31st in the NHL with -71. They have a total of 98 goals for this season which puts them at 16th in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has a save % as a team of .884 which has them sitting 31st in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.8% which puts them at 16th in the East. In goal for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having a tough season by surrendering 2.99 GAA and that ranks him 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 39th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,544 minutes he's played this season, he's surrendered 77 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .904, which puts him at 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings faced the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Red Wings took home the win by a score of 3 - 2. While out there on the ice, Detroit went home with a 51.2% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 44 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 42. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Senators ending the game with a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Detroit had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 100.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 47.2%. The Red Wings netted 3 goals of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those opportunities. As for the opposition, the Senators had 3 power play chances and were able to tally 1 goal. Detroit allowed 31 shots on goal and the Senators earned 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit (+131)
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