Buffalo Sabres vs Winnipeg Jets Prediction, 12/14/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Sabres vs Winnipeg Jets
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Location: Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, MB
Odds/Point Spread: Sabres (+212) Jets (-265)
Canada Life Centre is the site where Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (13-9-5) will play the Buffalo Sabres (8-15-4) on Tuesday. The moneyline on this game has the Sabres coming in at +212 and the Jets are at -265. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Buffalo Sabres were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3-2 defeat against the Capitals in their previous outing. Buffalo garnered 2 penalty minutes in this outing. The Sabres had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. In addition, they had 1 attempt on the power play but weren't able to score. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 2 of the 31 shots they launched.
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With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 72 goals (22nd in the NHL) on the campaign and have given up 96. For the current campaign, they have racked up 20 points and their points % is .370. Buffalo is sitting with 69 power play opportunities and they have notched 13 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 18.84%. While at even strength, the Sabres let the opposition score 82 goals while having 59 on the offensive side of the ice. Buffalo has tried 797 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.0%. The Sabres have had 907 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .894. Buffalo Sabres opponents have 66 power play opportunities (31st in hockey) and have come away with 14 goals in those chances.
The man in goal for this game is Aaron Dell. Opponents have been able to score 308 goals against Dell in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.90. Dell has taken the ice for 121 matchups during his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .904 during his 6,375 mins guarding the cage. He has compiled an overall mark of 49-44-12 and he has started in 98 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Dell has earned 45 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .459. Dell has had 3,217 shot attempts against him and has accrued 2,909 total saves.
In their last game, Winnipeg went up against the Canucks in an outing where the Jets ended up taking the loss by a final of 4-3. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this outing and converted 1 goal out of those attempts. The Jets netted 3 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they were seeking.
Winnipeg has taken 886 shots (12th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.14%, while allowing the other team 853 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 69.23% on their oppositions 78 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 91.4%. They have a tally of 84 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 20.24%. The Jets are sitting with 64 goals at even strength and 17 goals (13th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 73 goals to be scored by of a combination of 49 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Winnipeg Jets have earned a total of 81 goals, 31 points, in addition to a points percentage of .574.
On the other side of the ice you will find Connor Hellebuyck protecting the goal. Teams are averaging 2.63 goals per game and he has surrendered 843 goals altogether. Hellebuyck's quality start rate sits at 55.4% and he has earned 181 quality starts in his NHL career. He has been a starter 327 games and has been on the ice for 19,237 mins. Hellebuyck has a career record of 182-109-29 and has participated in 336 games. He has gathered 9,296 stops out of 10,139 shots tried, giving him a percentage of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (+212)
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