Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Sabres NHL Odds
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(38-23-7) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres (30-30-6)
Date: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pit -159 | Buff +133
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins has been on an outstanding winning streak lately in winning four of their last five, overall. Of course, they will certainly need to continue their winning streak as the Columbus Blue Jackets along with the Carolina Hurricanes are hot on their heels for the third-place within the Metropolitan division.
The Buffalo Sabres enter this matchup losers of five straight games while being one slot away from the cellar of the Atlantic division. In fact, the Sabres suffered their second shutout loss in their last time out versus the Dallas Stars.
After going down by two goals, the Penguins offense came alive as they scored three goals in the second, led by Jake Guentzel, who started the scoring with a goal in the 12:37 mark of the period. Sidney Crosby also scored two goals during this time as the Penguins sealed the game with two goals in the final period.
Jared McCann also scored his 17th goal of the year in this contest as he has scored three goals in the last two games for Pittsburgh. Crosby, on the other hand, remains the team’s point/shot leader as he has 33 goals on the season while has also racked up an assist along with three points in the last two games.
In all, the Penguins are ranked within the top 10 of teams with in the NHL as it relates to major offensive categories such as goal scored per game (3.5) along with shots per game (33). The defense, on the other hand, allows three goals per game to opponents along with a tad over 30 shots per game.
However, during their current winning streak, they have allowed only nine goals in their last four wins.Furthermore, Pittsburgh has dropped three of their last four games away from PNC Paints Arena entering this matchup with the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres allowed to goals to Roope Hintz while obtaiing just 27 shots on goal on the night for the Dallas Stars in their third straight defeat. The offense for Buffalo was able to obtain 35 shots on goal, yet, they were not able to capitalize in this contest.
On the season, Buffalo ranks 21st in the league as it relates to goals scored per game with 3.2 per outing. On the other hand, they are only allowing a tad over 30 shots per game to opponents.
Point / shot leader in Zach Eichel has 25 goals on the season along with 72 points for the Sabres. During their three-game losing streak, Eichel has two goals on 12 shots with just two points during this time.
Buffalo has lost two straight games at home entering in this matchup. Of course, after coming off of a shutout loss to the Stars, look for the Sabres to attempt to bring a healthy amount of focus and intensity into this matchup in which to perform much better on both ends of the ice.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Penguins are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Buffalo.
- Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Favorite is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings.
- Penguins are 39-17-3 in the last 59 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over
The over has been the play in three of the last four meetings amongst these teams as I certainly expect this to be the case in this contest as well. The Penguins have been clicking on all cylinders on the offensive end and will take advantage of a giving defense for the Sabres as they will pick up the 5-2 win in the end.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Penguins 5 – Sabres 2
Pittsburgh is in a tight race at the momentum in their division, as pointed out. With that being said, they certainly will continue their stellar play versus one of the worst teams in the league.
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