New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 1/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-109) Sabres (-105)
Linus Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1) play the New York Rangers (1-4-1) at KeyBank Center on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have the Rangers coming in at -109 and the Sabres are at -105. The O/U has been set at 6.
The Rangers will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 2 loss to the Sabres in their previous game. The Rangers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. In the game, they netted 2 of the 30 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. New York ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 31 and the Corsi against was 32 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 49.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 and the Fenwick against sat at 26, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.9%. They earned 14 face-off wins and were beaten on 29 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 42.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 102.0 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Buffalo Sabres tallied 24 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Rangers have had 155 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .890. While playing at even strength, the Rangers have conceded 11 goals while having 11 themselves. New York Rangers opponents have 20 power play opportunities (22nd in hockey) and have notched 6 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have scored 3 points and their points % is .250. New York has taken 196 shots and holds a shot percentage of 7.7%. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the New York Rangers have tallied 15 goals (23rd in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have surrendered 17. New York comes into the game with 26 power play opportunities and they have added 4 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 15.38%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Igor Shesterkin. Over the course of his career, Shesterkin has 9 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .600. He has a save percentage of .924 in his 893 minutes between the pipes. Shesterkin has seen 512 shots taken against him and has amassed 473 total saves. The opposition has notched 39 goals against Shesterkin in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.62. He has amassed a mark of 10-4-1 and got the start in 15 games. Shesterkin has been involved in 16 games over the course of his pro hockey career.
In there win over New York, Buffalo wound up with a 50.8% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 32 while they surrendered a Corsi of 31. They had a Fenwick percentage of 48.1% by earning a Fenwick of 26 and the Rangers earning a 28 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Buffalo played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO was 98.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 57.1%. The Sabres scored 3 goals of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and were able to notch 2 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Rangers had 3 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Buffalo gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Rangers ended up with a total of 8 penalty mins.
For the year, the Buffalo Sabres have tallied 20 goals, 7 points, and a points percentage of .500. They have granted a total of 20 goals to be scored by of a combination of 17 goals at even strength and 3 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Sabres are sitting with 12 goals at even strength and 8 goals (5th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have recorded 26 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 30.77%. Buffalo has attempted 233 shots (4th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.58%, while allowing the other team 194 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 75.00% on their opponents 12 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is 8.6%.
Across the ice you will find Linus Ullmark between the pipes. Opponents are averaging 2.79 goals/game and he has surrendered 270 goals altogether. Ullmark's rate of quality starts sits at 55.2% and he has 53 quality starts in his pro career. He has started in 96 games and has played for a total of 5,807 mins. Ullmark is sitting with a career mark of 43-42-11 and has played in 101 games. He has accounted for 2,780 saves out of 3,050 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo (-105)
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