Free Hockey Picks St Blues vs Buffalo Sabres
Free Hockey Picks St Blues vs Buffalo Sabres for November 23rd 2015 11/23/15 – I was quite surprised that the St Louis Blues played during their winning streak however I knew they would eventually slow down. Injuries have plagued them and it is starting to catch up. Goaltender Jake Allen also does not help the Blues current situation. Jake Allen has allowed 29 goals on 414 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 19 goals on 187 shots. Allen has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Blues will enter Buffalo, an arena that is not as easy as every hockey fan thinks it is. I compare that arena to the Devils ice. A lot fo teams look down on the Sabres but they are no push over at the moment. The Blues are not playing their best hockey right now as they come in having won just two of their last 6 games.
Saturday night was their latest loss and it came in OT at home to the Red Wings. The teams scored two goals each in the first period and Detroit scored the lone goal in the second period, before the Blues tied it up late to send the game to OT, where Detroit eventually won it. The trend I see with the Blues are they start the game on fire, flying up and down the ice, peppering goaltenders and taking the early lead. They then back off, try to play defense and let their goaltenders try to win the game for them. This worked at first and knowing head coach Ken Hitchcock with his time in Philly, he does not change his game plan. He will continue this style of play and its evident teams have figured it out early in the season.
The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Alexander Steen has nine assists and Colton Parayko has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances.
This should be a revenge game for Buffalo tonight as they lost 3-2 to the Blues last Thursday in a shootout. And this would make a perfect turn around for the Sabres as they are currently on a four game losing streak, only totaling four goals during that span. But remember what I said, it’s not always easy-going into Buffalo and expecting an easy victory.
On Saturday night the Sabres were shutout 3-0 by Antti Niemi. Buffalo now checks in at 27th in the league in scoring, putting up just 2.1 gpg, but they have been strong on the power play as they have converted 21.5% of their chances, which is 7th in the league. You can’t fault the Sabres in this loss, the Dallas Stars are killing everyone and not slowing down.
That game marked the return of band-aid boy Evander Kane who returned quicker than expected from the injured reserve. Despite having Kane back, the Sabres have lost their last two with him in the lineup and their last four overall. Kane has managed a +1 rating since returning but he has not touched the score sheet. He has six points in ten career games against the Blues. I expect Kane to make an impact in this game, he is due for a breakout game and this is his time to finally shine in Buffalo. Although I was never a fan of Kane, I am giving him one last season to prove me wrong.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Ryan O’Reilly leads Buffalo with seven goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists and Jack Eichel has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their power play chances.
NHL Starting Goalies
St. Louis Blues – Jake Allen
Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in the Blues OT loss to Detroit on Saturday. Allen has started eight of 10 games in November, posting a 5-2-1 record, 2.09 GAA and .931 SV% in the process. Tonight will be his 15th start of the season.
Buffalo Sabres – Linus Ullmark
Ullmark gave up two goals on 29 shots in the Sabres loss in St. Louis last Thursday. Ullmark has allowed two goals in each of his last four starts and carries a 2.31 GAA and .926 SV% in eight games this season. He is the Sabres’ clear No. 1 at this point.
Recent Hockey Betting Trends
St Louis is:
- 38-15 in their last 53 vs. the Atlantic
- 77-36 in their last 113 vs.the Eastern Conference
- 77-36 in their last 113 vs. the Western Conference
- 10-46 in their last 56 vs.the Central
Free Hockey Picks St Blues vs Buffalo Sabres for November 23rd 2015 11/23/15
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