Buffalo Sabres vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, 1/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+135) Flyers (-162)
Wells Fargo Center is the site where Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers will take on the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. The Sabres open this game at +135 while the Flyers are coming in at -162. The total opens at 6.5.
The Sabres were on the losing side of the ice with a 2 - 1 defeat against the Capitals in their last game. The Sabres left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. For the game, they converted 1 of the 31 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Buffalo racked up a total of 2 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Sabres was 39 and the Corsi against was 35 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 52.7%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against was 27, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.2%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 44.0% and they had a PDO of 94.6 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Washington Capitals racked up 21 shots. They had 10 penalty minutes and they notched 0 power play opportunities.
In net for Buffalo is Carter Hutton from Savonlinna, Finland. He is 35 years old and has racked up 59 mins defending the goal for the campaign. Hutton is giving up 5.12 goals per contest which puts him at 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 5 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .815 which puts him at 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 5 goals which is good for 7th in the East and 17th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -3, which puts them at 24th in the NHL. The Sabres currently have a total of 0 pts, which is good for 28th in the NHL and 14th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 57 which is good for 8th in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the NHL. As a unit, Buffalo has racked up a total of 33 hits which means they are averaging 16.5 per game. They currently have a total of 14 blocks for the year.
The Flyers opposed the Penguins in a matchup where the Flyers got the win by a tally of 5 - 2. Philadelphia earned a 41.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 25 while they conceded a Corsi of 35. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 34.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 16 and the Penguins ending the game with a 31 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Philadelphia played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 126.4 and their percentage of oZS was 48.9%. The Flyers notched 5 goals of the 20 shots on goal they took. They had 6 power play opportunities in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those opportunities. As for the opposition, the Penguins had 5 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal. Philadelphia conceded 33 shots on goal and the Penguins had 12 minutes in the box.
In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having an ok year by surrendering 2.51 goals against average and that ranks him 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 12th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 120 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 5 goals. He holds a save percentage of .925, which puts him at 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 8th among goaltenders in the NHL. Regarding goal differential, they rank 2nd in the East and 2nd in the NHL with +6. They currently have a total of 11 goals for the year which ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has a team save % of .925 which has them sitting 11th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 23.4% putting them at 2nd in the conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-162)
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