Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders Prediction, 2/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+140) Islanders (-155)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (8-6-3) host the Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2) at Barclays Center on Monday. The Sabres open this matchup at +140 while the Islanders are coming in at -155. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Sabres were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 victory against the Devils in their previous game. The Sabres played like an average offensive team in this win. While out there on the ice, they scored on 3 of the 29 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 1 chance on the power play and were able to score 1 goal. Buffalo accounted for 2 mins in the box in this contest. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 41 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 43 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.8%. Their Fenwick came in at 38 and the Fenwick Against sat at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 56.7%. They accrued 25 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 18 opportunities to take control of the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 48.4% and they had a PDO of 103.1 for this matchup.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have 31 power play opportunities (31st in hockey) and have earned 7 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 405 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .896. Buffalo has taken 415 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.0%. When playing at even strength, the Sabres let the opposition score 35 goals while getting 18 on offense. Buffalo steps onto the ice with 46 power play opportunities and they have notched 15 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 32.61%. For the current season, they have tallied 12 points and their points percentage sits at .429. With respect to their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have racked up 33 goals (31st in hockey) for the season and have conceded 42.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Linus Ullmark. Over the course of his pro career, Ullmark has compiled 56 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .554. His save percentage is at .911 during his 6,111 mins guarding the cage. Ullmark has had 3,200 shots taken against him and has gathered 2,916 saves. Opponents have racked up 284 goals versus Ullmark in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.79. He has earned an overall mark of 45-44-12 and he was named the starter in 101 games. Ullmark has played in 106 games during his NHL career.
In their last contest, New York faced off against the Penguins in an outing where the Islanders went home in defeat by a score of 3-2. Their PDO was 94 and they earned an oZS percentage of 53.3%. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Their Fenwick percentage was 63.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Penguins having accrued a 23 Fenwick. The Islanders recorded 2 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they attempted. New York earned a 58.1% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game.
New York has attempted 511 shots (14th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.02%, while allowing their opponents 466 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 80.95% on their opponents 42 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.4%. They have a tally of 50 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 22.00%. The Islanders have 30 goals at even strength and 11 goals (17th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 40 goals to be scored by way of 32 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the campaign, the New York Islanders have tallied 41 goals, 19 points, as well as a points percentage of .559.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Semyon Varlamov defending the goal. His opposition is averaging 2.66 goals per game and he has allowed 1,282 goals in total. Varlamov's quality start rate comes out to 55.7% and he has earned 269 quality starts in his professional career. He has made the start in 483 games and has accumulated 28,971 mins. Varlamov holds a lifetime record of 239-187-58 and has participated in 506 contests. He has recorded 13,916 saves out of 15,198 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .916.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take New York (-155) and under 5.5 goals
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