Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 12/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+250) Panthers (-335)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (15-4-3) host the Buffalo Sabres (8-11-3) at FLA Live Arena on Thursday. The line on this matchup has the Sabres priced at +250 and the Panthers are at -335. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 7-4 defeat against the Kraken in their previous outing. The Corsi for the Sabres was 43 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 44 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 49.4%. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 64.7% and they had a PDO of 93.9 for this game. Buffalo had 8 penalty mins in this contest. The Sabres had a impressive offensive performance in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 35 and the Fenwick Against sat at 35, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They garnered 26 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 26 attempts to control the puck. They also had 4 attempts on the power play and were able to net 1 goal. For the game, they were able to notch a goal on 4 of the 36 shots they looked to score on.
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Buffalo Sabres opponents have 57 power play opportunities (26th in pro hockey) and have racked up 12 goals in those attempts. The Sabres have had 737 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .896. Buffalo has taken 639 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.9%. At even strength, the Sabres have conceded 65 goals while having 51 when they are on offense. Buffalo has accounted for 57 power play chances and they have added 12 goals out of those chances, earning them a percentage of 21.05%. For the season, they have recorded 19 points and their points percentage sits at .432. In terms of their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 63 goals (17th in hockey) so far this season and have given up 77.
The player between the pipes for this game is Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski has played in 61 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has earned a win-loss record of 16-25-10 and he started in 50 games. Opponents have tallied 165 goals versus Tokarski in his career and his goals against average is 3.10. Tokarski has had 1,717 shots against him and has recorded 1,552 total saves. His save percentage currently is .904 during his 3,189 mins played. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Tokarski has tallied 23 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .460.
In their last game, Florida faced off against the Capitals in a matchup where the Panthers got the victory by a final score of 5-4. Florida wound up with a 59.4% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Florida had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a Fenwick percentage of 62.2% by earning a Fenwick of 51 and the Capitals having notched a 31 Fenwick. Their PDO was 88 and their oZS percentage was 51.7%. The Panthers had 5 goals out of the 51 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this one and recorded 2 goals out of those chances.
Florida has tried 785 shots (1st in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.45%, while allowing their opponents 690 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 80.88% on their oppositions 68 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 91.6%. They have a tally of 65 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 20.00%. The Panthers have racked up 69 goals at even strength and 13 goals (11th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 58 goals to be scored by of a combination of 45 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they were shorthanded. On the season, the Florida Panthers have tallied 82 goals, 33 points, and a points percentage of .750.
For the opposition you are expected to see Sergei Bobrovsky in net. Teams are averaging 2.55 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,350 goals overall. Bobrovsky's quality start percentage sits at 56.9% and he has qualified for 306 quality starts in his NHL career. He has made the start in 538 games and has racked up 31,793 mins. Bobrovsky has accrued a career mark of 307-181-47 and has been in net for 552 games. He has accounted for 14,868 stops out of the 16,218 shots taken, giving him a save % of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+250)
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