Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Sabres NHL Odds
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(33-22-6) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres (29-26-6)
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to halt a two-game skid as they prevailed over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last time out. Their offense came out a recent cold-streak as well as they were able to post five goals in the win as Jared McCann led the team with two goals on the night.
The Buffalo Sabres continue to drop games as they have lost four of their last six games entering this contest with Pittsburgh. The Sabres lost their second straight after falling to the Philadelphia Flyers as the home team sealed the victory by scoring twice in the final period.
Aside from McCann, the Penguins also received goals from Jake Guentzel (29) along with Evengi Malkin (20) as well. Finally, Sidney Crosby (27) scored his second straight goal in as many games as he ended the scoring on the night with a goal at the 19:55 minute mark in the third period.
The Penguins only had 27 shots on the night despite ranking 8th in the league with 33 shots per game. On the other hand, goalkeeper Matt Murray (19-10-1) had 21 saves in the win for a .913 save percentage on the night.
Point leader in Kris Letang (53) had an assists while accumulating a point in their matchup with the Blue Jackets; Yet, he has struggled in four games prior. Crosby, aside from having two goals in his last two outings, has also obtained 2 assists along with 4 points, total, during this time.
Nonetheless, the Sabres were able to pick up a victory in their last matchup versus the Pittsburgh Penguins as Tage Thompson scored two goals early in the contest. And while the Penguins kept pace in what was a high-scoring matchup throughout, Casey Mittelstadt along with Jake Eichel each scored goals in extra sessions to seal the victory for Buffalo.
Shots along with point leader in Eichel has scored four goals while also racking up three assists in the last five games for the Sabres. Also, he has also obtained 7 points during this time while also having 25 shots on goal, as well.
The Sabres currently are in fifth place within the Atlantic Standings as they will need to string together some victories with the Florida Panthers hot on their heels at this point. However, they must be able to play much better on both sides of the ice in which to maintain their positioning.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Penguins is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Buffalo.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo.
- Favorite is 22-7 in the last 29 meetings.
- Penguins is 39-16-3 in the last 58 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over
While the line has not been posted, as of yet, look for the over to be the strong play amongst these teams that are desperately in need of a win. The over was the case in their last outing while also being the result in the last three games for the Sabres. On the other hand, the over was the call in four of the last five games for the Penguins. In all, expect the same in this matchup as the total will end at 9 for the game.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Penguins 3 – Sabres 6
Buffalo has proven itself to be an awful road team this season. However, they have won three of their last five home games, overall. Also, when one considers that they were able to grind out an offensvie contest versus the Penguins in their last meeting, look for Buffalo to roll on Friday.
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