Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers Prediction, 3/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+199) Rangers (-223)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (13-13-4) host the Buffalo Sabres (6-19-4) at Madison Square Garden on Monday. The Rangers open this matchup at -223 while the Sabres are priced at +199. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Sabres had a rough game after their 4-1 defeat against the Bruins in their previous outing. The Sabres didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. For the game, they earned a goal on 1 of the 24 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to convert it into a goal. Buffalo compiled 2 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Sabres was sitting at 41 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 41 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick Against sat at 36, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 48.6%. They had 17 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 29 opportunities to take control of the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 59.4% and they had a PDO of 92.9 in this game.
Buffalo Sabres opponents have earned 69 power play tries (31st in the league) and have tallied 15 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 898 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .890. Buffalo has attempted 810 shots and has a shot percentage of 7.3%. While at even strength, the Sabres have allowed 84 goals while having 40 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo has tallied 74 power play chances and they have notched 19 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 25.68%. For the year, they have recorded 16 points and their points percentage sits at .276. When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have racked up 59 goals (31st in the NHL) for the season and have surrendered 99.
The man in goal for this game is Carter Hutton. Hutton has been in goal for 231 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has compiled an overall record of 94-88-27 and got the start in 203 games. Opponents have racked up 565 goals against Hutton in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.71. Hutton has seen 6,219 shots against him and has recorded 5,654 total saves. His save percentage is at .909 during his 12,489 mins guarding the cage. Over the course of his pro career, Hutton has recorded 102 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .502.
In their last contest, New York faced off against the Capitals in a matchup where the Rangers got the win by a final of 3-1. They had 3 attempts on the power play in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. The Rangers scored 3 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO was 110 and their oZS percentage was 56.2%. New York went home with a 35.6% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York had and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick rate came in at 41.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 26 and the Capitals having accrued a 36 Fenwick.
On the campaign, the New York Rangers are sitting with 88 goals, 30 points, as well as a points percentage of .500. They have allowed 78 goals to be scored by way of 65 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Rangers have accumulated 72 goals at even strength and 16 goals (24th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 109 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 14.68%. New York has put up 884 shots (20th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.95%, while allowing the opposition 849 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 86.60% on their opponents 97 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 90.8%.
Across the ice you are going to see Igor Shesterkin in the crease. Shesterkin is the owner of a lifetime record of 16-9-1 and has played in 27 games. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts is 68.0% and he has accumulated 17 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He has tallied 757 stops out of 817 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .927. The opposition is averaging 2.41 goals per contest and he has allowed 60 goals in total. He has made the start in 25 games and has played for a total of 1,496 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+199)
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