New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 4/3/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-180) Sabres (+158)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (17-15-4) are headed to KeyBank Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Buffalo Sabres (7-23-6). The Sabres open this contest at +158 while the Rangers are priced at -180. The over/under is set at 6.
The Rangers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3-2 victory against the Sabres in their previous game. The Corsi for the Rangers came in at 64 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 34 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 65.3%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 51.3% and their PDO rating was 99.2 for this one. New York accrued 8 penalty minutes in this contest. The Rangers had an average offensive performance in the win. Their Fenwick came in at 54 and the Fenwick against was 27, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 66.7%. They amassed 18 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 17 opportunities to gain puck control. Moreover, they had 4 attempts on the power play but didn't get a goal. For the game, they finished 3 of the 47 shots they tried.
With respect to their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have notched 114 goals (9th in the league) for the season and have conceded 95. For the current season, they sit with 38 points and their points percentage comes in at .528. New York has 131 power play opportunities and they have added 23 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 17.56%. While playing at even strength, the Rangers have given up 78 goals while scoring 91 as an offensive unit. New York has taken 1,065 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.7%. The Rangers have had 1,026 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .907. New York Rangers opponents have totaled 112 power play opportunities (12th in the league) and have come away with 17 goals in those attempts.
The player in the crease for this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has been involved in 31 contests over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled a mark of 19-10-1 and he has gotten the start in 29 games. The opposition has been able to score 69 goals versus Shesterkin in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.38. Shesterkin has seen 953 shots taken against him and he has 884 saves. He has a save percentage of .928 for his 1,738 mins played. Throughout his time in hockey, Shesterkin has tallied 21 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .724.
In their loss to New York, the Sabres PDO at even strength was 101 and their percentage of oZS was 48.7%. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Their Fenwick rate was 33.3% by earning a Fenwick of 27 and the Rangers ending the game with a 54 Fenwick. The Sabres recorded 2 goals of the 23 shots on goal they tried. Buffalo had a 34.7% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Buffalo had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice.
So far this season, the Buffalo Sabres have accounted for 77 goals, 20 points, and a points percentage of .278. They have granted a total of 124 goals to be scored by of a combination of 105 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Sabres have tallied 57 goals at even strength and 20 goals (22nd in the league) while on the power play. They have recorded 89 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 22.47%. Buffalo has taken 1,002 shots (28th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 7.68%, while allowing their opponents 1,162 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 80.00% on the other teams 95 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.3%.
Across the rink you are going to see Linus Ullmark defending the goal. Ullmark has a career mark of 47-46-13 and has played in 112 games. Ullmark's percentage of quality starts is 56.1% and he has made 60 quality starts in his NHL career. He has recorded 3,088 saves out of the 3,384 shots tried, which gives him a percentage of .913. His opponents are averaging 2.76 goals per game and he has surrendered 296 goals in total. He has started in 107 games and has accumulated 6,427 mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Buffalo (+158) and under 6 goals
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