New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres Prediction, 1/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Buffalo Sabres
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-110) Sabres (-110)
The Buffalo Sabres (21-19-2) are welcoming the New York Islanders (23-18-4) at KeyBank Center on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Islanders at -110 while the Sabres open at -110. The over/under has been set at 6.
The New York Islanders had a rough game after their 4-3 defeat to the Capitals in their previous game. The Islanders offense didn't overly impress in this defeat. For the outing, they finished 3 out of the 30 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't get a goal. New York tallied 4 penalty minutes in this outing.
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In terms of their scoring, the New York Islanders have notched 136 goals (20th in the NHL) on the year and have surrendered 121. For the season, they have recorded 50 points and their points percentage is .556. New York comes into the game with 129 power play chances and they have scored 23 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 17.83%. When playing at even strength, the Islanders have conceded 98 goals while getting 113 on offense. New York has taken 1,377 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.9%. The Islanders have seen 1,406 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .914. New York Islanders opponents have amassed 132 power play tries (22nd in professional hockey) and have racked up 23 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov has participated in 573 games throughout his hockey career. He has earned a record of 269-215-63 and he has started in 547 games. Opponents have been able to score 1,447 goals against Varlamov in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.64. Varlamov has had 17,225 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 15,778 saves. He has a save percentage of .916 in his 32,839 minutes guarding the cage. During his career on the ice, Varlamov is sitting with 311 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .569.
Their last time out, Buffalo faced off against the Panthers in a game where the Sabres ended up taking the loss by a tally of 4-1. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Sabres netted 1 goal out of the 29 shots on goal they tried.
Buffalo has tried 1,354 shots (17th in the NHL) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.74%, while allowing their opponents 1,394 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 73.33% on their oppositions 135 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 89.5%. They have recorded 155 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 27.10%. The Sabres have tallied 117 goals at even strength and 42 goals (3rd in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have allowed 146 goals to be scored by of a combination of 110 goals at even strength and 36 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this season, the Buffalo Sabres are sitting with 159 goals, 44 points, as well as a points percentage of .524.
Across the ice you will find Eric Comrie protecting the net. He has recorded 1,049 stops out of 1,168 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .898. Comrie has amassed a lifetime record of 17-18-1 and has participated in 40 contests. He has started in 36 games and has played 2,197 minutes. Comrie's rate of quality starts sits at 44.4% and he has earned 16 quality starts in his pro career. Opponents are averaging 3.25 goals per game and he has surrendered 119 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo (-110)
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