Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 10/31/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+115) Kings (-127)
Craig Anderson and the Buffalo Sabres are headed to Staples Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings open this matchup at -127 while the Sabres are priced at +115. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Sabres had a good night with a 4-3 win over the Ducks in their previous outing. The Sabres had a good offensive outing in this victory. For the outing, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 29 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 2 attempts on the power play and were able to notch 1 goal. Buffalo compiled 4 mins in the box in this contest. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 51 and the Corsi against was at 54 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 48.6%. Their Fenwick came in at 41 and the Fenwick Against sat at 45, giving them a Fenwick rate of 47.7%. They accounted for 17 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 31 opportunities to gain puck control. Their offensive zone starts were at 45.8% and they had a PDO of 102.1 for this game.
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Buffalo Sabres opponents have 17 power play tries (30th in hockey) and have come away with 2 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 224 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .938. Buffalo has tried 227 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.7%. At even strength, the Sabres have surrendered 12 goals while getting 16 on offense. Buffalo has accumulated 20 power play opportunities and they have added 6 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 30.00%. For the year, they have recorded 11 points and their points percentage is sitting at .786. Pertaining to their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 22 goals (13th in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have conceded 14.
The player between the pipes for this game is Craig Anderson. In his career, Anderson has accrued 308 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .539. He has a save percentage of .913 for his 37,174 mins in the crease. Anderson has seen 20,157 shots against him and has garnered 18,404 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,753 goals versus Anderson in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.83. He has earned an overall mark of 295-253-69 and he has gotten the start in 571 games. Anderson has taken the ice for 657 contests over the course of his NHL career.
Their last time out, Los Angeles faced off against the Jets in a game where the Kings ended up taking the loss by a final score of 3-2. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. The Kings netted 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO at even strength of 99 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 44.3%. Los Angeles wound up with a 52.1% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Los Angeles had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 51.4% by earning a Fenwick of 37 and the Jets having earned a 35 Fenwick.
Los Angeles has put up 250 shots (7th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 6.40%, while allowing the other team 215 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 61.90% on their oppositions 21 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 89.3%. They have a total of 23 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 17.39%. The Kings have 12 goals at even strength and 4 goals (23rd in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 23 goals to be scored by of a combination of 15 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they were shorthanded. On the season, the Los Angeles Kings have accounted for 16 goals, 3 points, in addition to a points percentage of .214.
Across the ice you are going to see Calvin Petersen in the crease. Petersen has compiled a lifetime mark of 20-27-6 and has been in net for 57 games. Petersen's percentage of quality starts is 54.7% and he has accumulated 29 quality starts in his NHL career. He has a tally of 1,659 stops out of the 1,815 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .914. Opponents are averaging 2.84 goals/game and he has relinquished 156 goals in total. He has made the start in 53 contests and has played 3,293 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+115)
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