Buffalo Sabres vs Seattle Kraken Prediction, 11/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Seattle Kraken
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Location: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA
TV: Root Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+240) Kraken (+135)
Climate Pledge Arena is the venue where Philipp Grubauer and the Seattle Kraken (3-6-1) will take on the Buffalo Sabres (5-3-1) on Thursday. The Kraken open this matchup at +135 while the Sabres are priced at +240. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Sabres were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5-3 defeat to the Sharks the last time they stepped on the ice. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.3% and they had a PDO of 89.9 in this game. They garnered 18 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 31 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 34 and the Fenwick against was 30, giving them a Fenwick rate of 53.1%. The Corsi for the Sabres was 44 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 42 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 51.2%. Buffalo compiled 6 penalty minutes in this contest. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. The Sabres offense didn't overly impress in the loss. For the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 3 of the 28 shots they put on goal.
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Buffalo Sabres opponents have totaled 24 power play tries (23rd in hockey) and have scored 3 goals in those chances. The Sabres have had 285 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .923. Buffalo has tried 279 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.7%. At even strength, the Sabres have conceded 19 goals while notching 21 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo is sitting with 24 power play opportunities and they have notched 6 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 25.00%. For the season, they have tallied 11 points and their points percentage is .611. In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Buffalo Sabres have notched 27 goals (14th in pro hockey) this season and have given up 22.
The player in the crease for this game is Craig Anderson. For his professional hockey career, Anderson has recorded 308 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .538. His save percentage currently is .913 during his 37,232 mins played. Anderson has seen 20,184 shots against him and he has 18,426 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,758 goals versus Anderson in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.83. He has compiled a mark of 295-254-69 and he has started in 572 games. Anderson has participated in 658 matchups over the course of his professional hockey career.
The last time they were on the ice, Seattle faced off against the Oilers in a game where the Kraken ended up losing by a score of 5-2. Their PDO at even strength was 84 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 45.8%. They had 3 attempts on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to score a goal. Their Fenwick rate was 58.8% by earning a Fenwick of 30 and the Oilers ending the game with a 21 Fenwick at even strength. The Kraken scored 2 goals of the 29 shots on goal they took. Seattle wound up with a 55.4% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Seattle played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all.
Seattle has tried 286 shots (12th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 8.74%, while allowing the other team 267 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 86.96% on their opponents 23 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 87.6%. They have a total of 32 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 9.38%. The Kraken are sitting with 22 goals at even strength and 3 goals (30th in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have granted a total of 33 goals to be scored by of a combination of 30 goals at even strength and 3 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Seattle Kraken have a total of 25 goals, 7 points, in addition to a points percentage of .350.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Philipp Grubauer in net. His opponents are averaging 2.36 goals per contest and he has yielded 478 goals in total. Grubauer's quality start percentage is 59.0% and he has qualified for 115 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has been a starter 195 games and has been on the ice for 12,165 minutes. Grubauer is the owner of a lifetime mark of 112-65-22 and has participated in 222 games. He has accounted for 5,469 saves out of 5,947 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .920.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+240)
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