Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/23/2020
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (-133) Sabres (+120)
KeyBank Center is the venue where Carter Hutton and the Buffalo Sabres (27-25-8, 6th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Winnipeg Jets (32-25-5, 4th in the Central Division) on Sunday. The line on this contest has the Jets coming in at -133 and the Sabres are at +120. The over/under is set at 6. The Jets cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 29-30 SU. Buffalo covers 44.1% of the time, going 26-33 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets head into this game holding a record of 32 victories and 25 losses, ranking them 4th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 187 goals which is good for 7th in the Western Conference and 17th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 18th in the NHL. The Jets currently have a total of 69 points, which is good for 17th in the NHL and 7th in the West. in respect to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,943 which is good for 7th in the West and 13th in the NHL. As a unit, Winnipeg has earned a total of 1,316 hits which means they are averaging 21.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 659 blocks for the year. The goalie for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has racked up 2,794 minutes in net for the season. Hellebuyck is conceding 2.71 goals per contest which has him ranking 11th in the West and 25th in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 126 goals. He holds a save percentage of .919 which has him ranking 7th in the West.
The Winnipeg Jets had a good night with a 5 - 1 win against the Ottawa Senators in their last game. The Jets had a solid offensive output and it showed in this win. For this game, they earned a goal on 5 of the 34 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 6 power play attempts and were able to notch 3 goals out of those attempts. Winnipeg had a total of 35 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Jets was 38 and the Corsi against was 54 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 41.3%. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick against sat at 33, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 48.4%. They earned 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 26.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.2 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Ottawa Senators put up 30 shots. They had a total of 49 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Sabres are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 27 victories and 25 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are currently ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference and 24th in the NHL with -14. They have a total of 174 goals for the year which is 11th in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has a save percentage as a team of .899 which currently has them ranked 21st in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 9.9% which puts them at 9th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton who is having a rough year by giving up 3.24 GAA and that places him 29th among Eastern Conference goalies and 59th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,483 minutes he has played this season, he has given up 80 goals. He has a save % of .894, which ranks him 30th among Eastern Conference goalies and 59th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Buffalo Sabres played the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Sabres took the loss by a tally of 7 - 4. In this game, Buffalo wound up with a 47.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 56. Their Fenwick rate was 48.3% by notching a Fenwick of 42 and the Senators having earned a 45 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Buffalo played and they looked good in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 103.7 and their percentage of oZS was 43.3%. The Sabres notched 4 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and netted 1 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Senators had 2 power play chances and were able to tally 2 goals. Buffalo allowed 40 shots on goal and the Senators earned a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (+120)
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