Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 10/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+127) Devils (-156)
Scott Wedgewood and the New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center on Saturday. The Sabres open this contest at +127 while the Devils are priced at -156. The O/U has been set at 6.
The Sabres went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-2 win against the Canucks in their last outing. The Corsi for the Sabres came in at 47 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 35 which means they had a Corsi rate of 57.3%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 31.8% and their PDO was 108.5 for this one. Buffalo recorded 6 minutes in the box in this game. The Sabres had a solid offensive performance in this victory. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick Against sat at 30, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 56.5%. They had a tally of 18 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 20 opportunities to win the face-off. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. In the game, they converted 5 out of the 43 shots they attempted.
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Pertaining to their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 11 goals (16th in the NHL) for the year and have allowed 4. For the current season, they sit with 6 points and their points percentage is sitting at 1.000. Buffalo skates onto the rink with 11 power play chances and they have added 4 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 36.36%. While at even strength, the Sabres have conceded 4 goals while notching 7 of their own. Buffalo has attempted 112 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.8%. The Sabres have had 86 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .953. Buffalo Sabres opponents have 9 power play tries (25th in professional hockey) and have come away with no goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Dustin Tokarski. The opposition has notched 124 goals versus Tokarski in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.99. Tokarski has taken the ice for 48 games throughout his NHL career. His save percentage is at .905 for his 2,486 minutes played. He has accumulated a mark of 13-20-7 and he has gotten the start in 38 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Tokarski has accumulated 18 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .474. Tokarski has seen 1,305 shot attempts taken against him and he has 1,181 saves.
In their last contest, New Jersey played the Capitals in a matchup where the Devils took the loss by a tally of 4-1. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this outing and notched 1 goal on that attempt. The Devils recorded 1 goal of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO of 84 and their percentage of oZS was 33.1%. New Jersey wrapped up this game with a 50.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New Jersey played and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing. Their Fenwick rate came in at 46.5% by compiling a Fenwick of 33 and the Capitals ending the game with a 38 Fenwick at even strength.
Over the course of the season, the New Jersey Devils have 9 goals, 4 points, in addition to a points percentage of .667. They have permitted 9 goals to be scored by of a combination of 6 goals at even strength and 3 goals while they were shorthanded. The Devils are sitting with 8 goals at even strength and 1 goal (26th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 6 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 16.67%. New Jersey has tried 88 shots (29th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.23%, while allowing the opposition 83 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 76.92% on their opponents 13 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 89.2%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Scott Wedgewood patrolling the crease. He is sitting with 1,070 stops out of the 1,188 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .901. Wedgewood has accrued a career mark of 10-19-8 and has participated in 41 games. He was named a starter in 37 games and has played for a total of 2,286 mins. Wedgewood's percentage of quality starts comes out to 40.5% and he has made 15 quality starts in his hockey career. His opponents are averaging 3.10 goals/game and he has yielded 118 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+127)
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