Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/27/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: Sportsnet One
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+293) Bruins (-336)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (16-8-5) host the Buffalo Sabres (6-22-4) at TD Garden on Saturday. The line on this matchup has the Sabres coming in at +293 and the Bruins are at -336. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-0 loss to the Penguins in their last contest. The Corsi for the Sabres was 54 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 47 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 53.5%. Their offensive zone starts came in at 53.1% and they had a PDO of 92.0 for this one. Buffalo accrued 8 mins in the box in this contest. The Sabres had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against finished at 36, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 53.8%. They compiled 19 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 26 attempts to win the face-off. Moreover, they had 4 power play tries but didn't get a goal. In the game, they ended the night with no scores out of the 36 shots they put on net.
In regard to scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have racked up 64 goals (31st in hockey) on the year and have allowed 113. For the current campaign, they have earned 16 points and their points percentage comes in at .250. Buffalo comes into tonight with 83 power play opportunities and they have tallied 19 goals out of those tries, earning them a percentage of 22.89%. While at even strength, the Sabres have allowed the opponent to score 94 goals while scoring 45 when they are on offense. Buffalo has attempted 893 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.2%. The Sabres have had 1,011 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .888. Buffalo Sabres opponents have earned 81 power play tries (29th in hockey) and have earned 19 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski has been in goal for 37 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has a win-loss record of 10-15-5 and he has started in 29 games. Opponents have notched 92 goals versus Tokarski in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.96. Tokarski has had 946 shot attempts against him and has accrued 854 saves. His save percentage currently is .903 for his 1,867 minutes played. Over the course of his pro career, Tokarski has recorded 12 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .414.
When they were on the ice last, Boston faced the Islanders in an outing where the Bruins went home in defeat by a final score of 4-3. Boston earned a 57.3% Corsi rating. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston had and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 57.8% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Islanders earning a 27 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 89 and their percentage of oZS was 60.0%. The Bruins tallied 3 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this matchup and scored 1 out of those chances.
During this campaign, the Boston Bruins have earned 78 goals, 37 points, in addition to a points percentage of .638. They have permitted 68 goals to be scored by of a combination of 58 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they were shorthanded. The Bruins have earned 56 goals at even strength and 22 goals (12th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 88 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.00%. Boston has attempted 917 shots (26th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 8.51%, while allowing their opponents 777 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 89.47% on their oppositions 95 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.2%.
For the opposition you are likely to see Tuukka Rask between the pipes. Opponents are averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has given up 1,198 goals overall. Rask's quality start rate sits at 60.8% and he has made 322 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He was named a starter in 530 contests and his ice time sits at 31,684 mins. Rask has accumulated a lifetime record of 299-162-66 and has participated in 551 games. He has a tally of 14,053 stops out of the 15,251 shots taken, giving him a save % of .921.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-336)
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.