Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers Prediction, 3/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+125) Rangers (-139)
Madison Square Garden is the venue where Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (7-9-3) will play the Buffalo Sabres (6-10-3) on Tuesday. The Sabres open this contest at +125 while the Rangers are priced at -139. The O/U has been set at 6.
The Sabres will need a bounce back game after taking a 3-0 loss against the Flyers their last time out. When starting in the offensive zone they sat at 52.4% and their PDO was 90.3 in this game. They recorded 13 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 20 opportunities to gain puck control. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick against was 40, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.0%. The Corsi for the Sabres sat at 35 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 44 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 44.3%. Buffalo recorded 6 penalty mins for this game. They also had 3 chances on the power play but weren't able to score. The Sabres had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they went scoreless on the 28 shots they tried.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have 44 power play tries (31st in professional hockey) and have scored 9 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 587 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .905. Buffalo has tried 571 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.4%. At even strength, the Sabres have conceded 47 goals while having 23 on offense. Buffalo skates onto the rink with 61 power play opportunities and they have scored 19 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 31.15%. For the current season, they have recorded 15 points and their points percentage sits at .395. With regard to scoring goals, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 42 goals (30th in the NHL) for the season and have conceded 56.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Carter Hutton. Opponents have been able to score 546 goals against Hutton in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.69. Hutton has been involved in 226 games throughout his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .910 for his 12,192 mins on the ice. He has an overall record of 94-83-27 and he has started in 198 games. In his career, Hutton has recorded 101 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .510. Hutton has had 6,072 shot attempts against him and has accrued 5,526 total saves.
When they took the ice last, New York faced off against the Bruins in a game where the Rangers took a loss by a mark of 4-1. New York earned a 41.2% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their Fenwick rate was 37.5% by compiling a Fenwick of 27 and the Bruins having accrued a 45 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 97 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 57.4%. The Rangers tallied 1 goal out of the 21 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this contest but were not able to net one.
The Rangers have tallied 38 goals at even strength and 11 goals (22nd in hockey) while on the power play. New York has attempted 588 shots (18th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.33%, while allowing the other team 563 shots. For the season, the New York Rangers have earned 49 goals, 17 points, as well as a points percentage of .447. They have a total of 74 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 14.86%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 85.29% on their oppositions 68 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 90.9%. They have allowed 51 goals to be scored by way of 41 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are going to see Igor Shesterkin in goal. He is sitting with 703 stops out of the 760 shots attempted against him, giving him a rate of .925. Shesterkin has a career record of 14-9-1 and has participated in 25 games. He has started in 23 contests and has accumulated 1,382 mins. Shesterkin's quality start percentage is 65.2% and he has 15 quality starting assignments in his professional career. The opposition is averaging 2.48 goals per contest and he has allowed 57 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-139)
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