Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 10/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-143) Sabres (+115)
The Calgary Flames (1-1-1) are traveling to KeyBank Center on Thursday where they will attempt to defeat the Buffalo Sabres (1-2-0). The moneyline on this contest has Calgary at -143 while Buffalo is at +115. The total is set at 7.
The Calgary Flames had a decent effort after finishing in a 2-2 tie against the Capitals in their previous game. Calgary earned 6 mins in the box in this game. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. The Flames had a below average offensive outing in this game. In the matchup, they converted 2 out of the 40 shots they attempted.
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In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the Calgary Flames have earned 9 goals (18th in the league) over the course of the season and have allowed 10. For the current campaign, they sit with 3 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. Calgary has tallied 11 power play opportunities and they have added 3 goals out of those chances, earning them a percentage of 27.27%. While playing at even strength, the Flames have surrendered 10 goals while scoring 6 on offense. Calgary has taken 98 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.2%. The Flames have had 89 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .888. Calgary Flames opponents have totaled 10 power play opportunities (26th in the NHL) and have racked up 0 goals in those attempts.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom has been involved in 440 contests during his hockey career. He has earned a record of 193-174-56 and was named the starter in 423 games. The opposition has racked up 1,143 goals against Markstrom in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 2.72. Markstrom has had 12,601 shot attempts against him and has amassed 11,458 total saves. He has a save percentage of .909 in his 25,207 minutes played. In his professional hockey career, Markstrom has 222 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .525.
In their last contest, Buffalo went up against the Lightning in a game where the Sabres ended up with the win by a tally of 3-2. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to score a goal. The Sabres notched 3 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they took.
The Sabres have racked up 6 goals at even strength and 0 goals (32nd in hockey) while having a power play advantage. Buffalo has tried 84 shots (22nd in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.14%, while allowing the opposition 83 shots. During this campaign, the Buffalo Sabres have earned a total of 6 goals, 2 points, as well as a points percentage of .333. They have allowed 10 goals to be scored by of a combination of 9 goals at even strength and 1 goal while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 8 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 0.00%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 90.91% on their opponents 11 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 88.0%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Devon Levi in net. He has accounted for 274 saves out of the 304 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .901. Levi is sitting with a lifetime mark of 6-4-0 and has been in goal for 10 contests. He has been a starter 10 games and his ice time sits at 609 mins. Levi's rate of quality starts is 60.0% and he has 6 quality starts in his pro career. His opposition is averaging 2.96 goals per game and he has conceded 30 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Calgary (-143)
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