Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks Prediction, 10/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+123) Ducks (-148)
Craig Anderson and the Buffalo Sabres go to Honda Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks open this matchup at -148 while the Sabres are coming in at +123. The total is set at 5.5.
The Sabres came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5-1 win over the Lightning the last time they stepped on the ice. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 29.9% and they had a PDO of 120.9 for this game. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to gain puck control. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick Against sat at 49, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 38.8%. The Corsi for the Sabres was sitting at 39 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 66 which means they had a Corsi rate of 37.1%. Buffalo accrued 4 mins in the box in this contest. They also had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to notch a goal. The Sabres had a solid offensive performance in this win. For the game, they tallied a score on 5 of the 25 shots they put on net.
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The Sabres have had 187 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .941. When at even strength, the Sabres have conceded 9 goals while notching 13 of their own. Buffalo Sabres opponents have tallied 16 power play opportunities (20th in the league) and have scored 2 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have recorded 9 points and their points percentage is sitting at .750. Buffalo has taken 198 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.1%. In reference to scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have earned 18 goals (11th in the NHL) for the season and have surrendered 11. Buffalo steps onto the ice with 18 power play chances and they have notched 5 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 27.78%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Craig Anderson. Opponents have tallied 1,750 goals against Anderson in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.83. Anderson has played in 656 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has a save percentage of .913 for his 37,110 minutes on the ice. He has an overall record of 294-253-69 and he has gotten the start in 570 games. Over the course of his career, Anderson has 307 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .539. Anderson has had 20,120 shots taken against him and has accrued 18,370 saves.
In their last game, Anaheim went up against the Jets in a matchup where the Ducks ended up losing by a mark of 4-3. Their PDO was 93 and they earned an oZS percentage of 32.4%. They had 3 power play chances in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 55.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 42 and the Jets finishing with a 34 Fenwick. The Ducks earned 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they took. Anaheim earned a 53.1% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Anaheim played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either.
Anaheim has put up 177 shots (16th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.60%, while allowing their opponents 220 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 84.00% on their opponents 25 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.9%. They have a total of 18 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 33.33%. The Ducks have earned 11 goals at even strength and 6 goals (4th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 20 goals to be scored by way of 16 goals at even strength and 4 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Anaheim Ducks have accumulated 17 goals, 5 points, and a points percentage of .417.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see John Gibson protecting the net. He has tallied 8,851 stops out of 9,658 shots tried, giving him a save % of .916. Gibson has earned a career record of 150-124-41 and has participated in 327 games. He has started in 319 contests and has played for a total of 18,745 minutes. Gibson's quality start rate comes out to 55.5% and he has made 177 quality starts in his pro career. His opposition is averaging 2.58 goals per contest and he has surrendered 807 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+123)
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