Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 3/16/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+107) Devils (-127)
Prudential Center is the venue where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (8-13-3) will play the Buffalo Sabres (6-16-4) on Tuesday. The Sabres open this game at +107 while the Devils are priced at -127. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Sabres will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3-0 loss against the Penguins in their last contest. Their offensive zone starts came in at 51.4% and they had a PDO of 93.1 in this one. They accrued 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 25 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 35 and the Fenwick Against sat at 38, giving them a Fenwick rate of 47.9%. The Corsi for the Sabres came in at 44 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 46 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 48.9%. Buffalo accounted for 4 mins in the box in this outing. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. The Sabres didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. In the game, they walked away having not converted any of the 24 shots they launched.
In regard to their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 56 goals (31st in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have conceded 86. For the year, they have recorded 16 points and their points percentage sits at .308. Buffalo comes into the game with 70 power play chances and they have notched 19 goals during those chances, earning them a rate of 27.14%. At even strength, the Sabres let the opposition score 74 goals while having 37 themselves. Buffalo has taken 728 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 7.7%. The Sabres have had 804 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .893. Buffalo Sabres opponents have earned 59 power play opportunities (31st in the NHL) and have notched 12 goals in those attempts.
The man in net for this game is Carter Hutton. The opposition has scored 555 goals versus Hutton in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.69. Hutton has been involved in 229 contests during his hockey career. He has a save percentage of .910 for his 12,369 minutes played. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 94-86-27 and he was named the starter in 201 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Hutton has 102 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .507. Hutton has seen 6,152 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 5,597 total saves.
In their last game, New Jersey went up against the Islanders in a matchup where the Devils took the defeat by a final of 3-2. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this outing and earned 1 out of those attempts. The Devils scored 2 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO at even strength was 96 and their percentage of oZS was 40.2%. New Jersey wound up with a 46.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New Jersey had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 45.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 32 and the Islanders earning a 39 Fenwick.
The Devils are sitting with 52 goals at even strength and 8 goals (30th in professional hockey) while on the power play. New Jersey has tried 708 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.47%, while allowing the other team 741 shots. So far this year, the New Jersey Devils have 60 goals, 19 points, and a points percentage of .396. They have earned 69 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 11.59%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 68.92% on their oppositions 74 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.6%. They have allowed 77 goals to be scored by of a combination of 54 goals at even strength and 23 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you will find Mackenzie Blackwood patrolling the crease. He has a tally of 2,327 saves out of 2,549 shots taken, giving him a save % of .913. Blackwood has compiled a career record of 37-32-9 and has played in 84 games. He was named a starter in 78 games and has racked up 4,774 mins. Blackwood's rate of quality starts sits at 55.1% and he has earned 43 quality starting assignments in his pro career. The opposition is averaging 2.79 goals per contest and he has allowed 222 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+107)
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