Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers Prediction, 4/27/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+220) Rangers (-275)
Madison Square Garden is the site where Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (25-18-6) will play the Buffalo Sabres (13-29-7) on Tuesday. The Rangers open this matchup at -275 while the Sabres are priced at +220. The O/U is set at 6.5.
The Sabres will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-3 defeat against the Rangers in their previous game. The Corsi for the Sabres was 47 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 29 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 61.8%. Their offensive zone starts came in at 75.0% and they had a PDO of 88.7 in this game. Buffalo garnered 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Sabres had an average offensive performance in the loss. Their Fenwick was 40 and the Fenwick against was 27, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 59.7%. They tallied 17 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 16 opportunities to control the puck. They also had 4 power play tries and were able to net 1 goal. For the outing, they were able to notch a goal on 3 out of the 34 shots they attempted.
The Sabres have had 1,624 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .897. While at even strength, the Sabres have allowed the opponent to score 141 goals while scoring 91 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo Sabres opponents have tallied 125 power play opportunities (27th in the league) and have come away with 27 goals in those chances. For the current season, they have earned 33 points and their points percentage is sitting at .337. Buffalo has taken 1,382 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 8.5%. When discussing their scoring, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 118 goals (28th in the National Hockey League) on the year and have given up 168. Buffalo has 130 power play opportunities and they have notched 27 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 20.77%.
The man protecting the net in this game is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Over the course of his time in hockey, Luukkonen has 0 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .000. His save percentage currently is at .900 in his 60 minutes in the crease. Luukkonen has seen 40 shot attempts against him and has accrued 36 saves. The opposition has scored 4 goals against Luukkonen in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 4.03. He has compiled an overall mark of 1-0-0 and he started in 1 games. Luukkonen has played in 1 contests over the course of his NHL career.
In their win over Buffalo, New York went home with a 38.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their Fenwick rate came in at 40.3% with a Fenwick of 27 and the Sabres ending the game with a 40 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 111 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 25.0%. The Rangers netted 6 goals of the 29 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game and netted 2 out of those chances.
On the campaign, the New York Rangers have earned a total of 163 goals, 56 points, and a points percentage of .571. They have granted a total of 129 goals to be scored by way of 105 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Rangers have scored 128 goals at even strength and 35 goals (7th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 164 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 21.34%. New York has tried 1,428 shots (15th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 11.41%, while allowing their opponents 1,427 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 83.89% on their oppositions 149 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.0%.
For the opposition you are going to see Igor Shesterkin protecting the net. Shesterkin is the owner of a lifetime mark of 24-13-3 and has been in net for 42 games. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts sits at 71.8% and he has accumulated 28 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He is sitting with 1,169 saves out of 1,266 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .923. The opposition is averaging 2.48 goals per contest and he has conceded 97 goals in total. He has started in 39 contests and has been on the ice for 2,344 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+220)
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