Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 4/6/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+143) Devils (-157)
Mackenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (13-17-6) play the Buffalo Sabres (8-23-6) at Prudential Center on Tuesday. The Sabres open this matchup at +143 while the Devils are coming in at -157. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Sabres were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win over the Rangers in their previous game. The Corsi for the Sabres came in at 51 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 40 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 56.0%. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 50.0% and their PDO rating was 103.1 for this one. Buffalo accumulated 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Sabres offense showed they have some room for improvement in the victory. Their Fenwick came in at 37 and the Fenwick Against sat at 35, giving them a Fenwick rate of 51.4%. They tallied 26 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 25 opportunities to win the face-off. They also had 2 attempts on the power play but didn't convert them into a score. In the game, they finished 3 out of the 29 shots they put on net.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have tallied 98 power play opportunities (27th in hockey) and have scored 20 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 1,192 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .894. Buffalo has taken 1,031 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 7.7%. While at even strength, the Sabres have surrendered 106 goals while having 59 themselves. Buffalo skates onto the rink with 91 power play chances and they have notched 20 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 21.98%. For the season, the have a total of 22 points and their points percentage is .297. When it comes to scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have accumulated 79 goals (31st in the league) for the year and have allowed 126.
The man in net for this game is Linus Ullmark. The opposition has racked up 298 goals against Ullmark in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.75. Ullmark has taken the ice for 113 games over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage is at .913 for his 6,492 mins guarding the cage. He has amassed a mark of 48-46-13 and he started in 108 games. For his professional hockey career, Ullmark has accumulated 61 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .565. Ullmark has seen 3,414 shots taken against him and has gathered 3,116 saves.
In their last contest, New Jersey went up against the Capitals in an outing where the Devils ended up taking the loss by a score of 5-4. They had a PDO at even strength of 93 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 50.0%. They had 4 power play chances in this game but didn't score a goal. Their Fenwick rate came in at 66.2% by compiling a Fenwick of 45 and the Capitals finishing with a 23 Fenwick. The Devils netted 4 goals of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. New Jersey wrapped up this game with a 67.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New Jersey played and they looked like the better team in this game.
New Jersey has put up 1,067 shots (24th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.25%, while allowing their opponents 1,150 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 73.08% on their opponents 104 chances on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 90.5%. They have recorded 105 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 12.38%. The Devils have racked up 75 goals at even strength and 13 goals (29th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 109 goals to be scored by of a combination of 81 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the New Jersey Devils have tallied 88 goals, 32 points, as well as a points percentage of .444.
For the opposition you will find Mackenzie Blackwood patrolling the crease. Blackwood holds a career record of 41-34-11 and has played in 92 games. Blackwood's percentage of quality starts comes in at 55.8% and he has 48 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has tallied 2,579 stops out of 2,822 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .914. The opposition is averaging 2.77 goals per contest and he has surrendered 243 goals overall. He has made the start in 86 games and has played for a total of 5,262 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+143)
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