Buffalo Sabres vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, 3/9/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+188) Flyers (-225)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (12-7-3) host the Buffalo Sabres (6-14-3) at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Flyers open this contest at -225 while the Sabres are coming in at +188. The over/under opens at 6.5.
The Sabres had a rough game after their 5-2 defeat against the Islanders the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sabres offense left a lot to be desired in this loss. For the outing, they converted 2 out of the 26 shots they attempted. They also had 1 chance with the advantage but didn't net one. Buffalo compiled 2 minutes in the box in this contest. The Corsi for the Sabres was 45 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 45 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against was 35, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.7%. They totaled 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 opportunities to win the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 54.8% and their PDO rating was 91.3 in this game.
With regard to their scoring capabilities, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 50 goals (31st in the National Hockey League) on the season and have surrendered 74. For the season, they have tallied 15 points and their points % is .326. Buffalo has 64 power play opportunities and they have added 19 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 29.69%. When at even strength, the Sabres have allowed the opponent to score 65 goals while earning 31 on offense. Buffalo has tried 661 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 7.6%. The Sabres have had 710 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .896. Buffalo Sabres opponents have tallied 51 power play opportunities (31st in the NHL) and have scored 9 goals in those attempts.
The man in net for this game is Carter Hutton. Hutton has participated in 228 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has an overall mark of 94-85-27 and he has started in 200 games. Opponents have been able to score 554 goals versus Hutton in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.70. Hutton has seen 6,120 shots taken against him and has accrued 5,566 total saves. His save percentage is at .909 during his 12,311 mins played. For his career, Hutton has accrued 101 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .505.
In their last contest, Philadelphia faced the Capitals in a game where the Flyers took the defeat by a mark of 3-1. They had 4 chances on the power play in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Flyers recorded 1 goal of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 90 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 56.7%. Philadelphia earned a 49.5% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Philadelphia played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.3% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Capitals having a 35 Fenwick.
Philadelphia has tried 601 shots (30th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 11.81%, while allowing their opponents 688 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 72.22% on the other teams 72 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.3%. They have a total of 78 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 17.95%. The Flyers have tallied 57 goals at even strength and 14 goals (21st in the NHL) while on the power play. They have allowed 67 goals to be scored by of a combination of 47 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they had less men on the ice. During this campaign, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned a total of 71 goals, 27 points, in addition to a points percentage of .614.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Carter Hart patrolling the crease. He has recorded 2,284 saves out of the 2,506 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .911. Hart has compiled a lifetime record of 46-31-7 and has played in 88 games. He got the starting nod in 84 contests and has been on the ice for 4,868 minutes. Hart's rate of quality starts comes in at 53.6% and he has 45 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. The opposition is averaging 2.74 goals per contest and he has given up 222 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo (+188)
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