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Penguins Open as Enormous Faves in Matinee With Sabres

Sunday’s NHL schedule leaves a little to be desired from a pure hockey sense but for bettors, it’s a fairly juicy one. In what is probably the marquee matchup today, we have the Penguins hosting the Sabres with Sidney Crosby and co. looking for their 10th win against them in these team’s last 11 matchups.

SHARK BITES
  • The Sabres’ win in their last game against the Penguins was their first against them since 2012.
  • Pittsburgh has outscored Buffalo by an average of 2.4 goals in their last 10 contests.
  • The Penguins are 26-7 SU at home this season.

Both teams have been dealing with a slew of injuries and it’s really affected their play. The Sabres have won just one game in their last six contests, giving up an average of 3.83 goals in that time frame. While Pittsburgh will be relying on Brian Dumoulin, Justin Schultz, Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey as their top four defensemen today, making them vulnerable in their own end with Kris Letang expected to once again be out of the lineup.

A bet I’ll be targeting today is the OVER. Pittsburgh is the best OVER team in the league, and with a 22-8-3 O/U record and a 3.91 goals per game average at the PPG Paints Arena this year, their home fans have basically been blinded by the red light going off.

Additionally, the total has gone OVER in the Pens’ last four home games with all but one of those matchups finishing with a total of seven. Pittsburgh should win by a couple goals this afternoon but they’ll probably concede a couple of their own in the process.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -280 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.5-2.1 win for the Penguins on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins bring a 39-16-8 record to the battle against the 27-26-12 Sabres. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 38-21-4 so far and the Sabres go 28-31-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Buffalo injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 16-ranked Buffalo Sabres, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.48 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.86 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 22.22% while the Sabres defense kills off 76.32% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Lightning at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -101 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-2 winner at home against the Lightning. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -178 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Buffalo is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games
  • Buffalo is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
  • Buffalo is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Buffalo
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Buffalo

Next Betting Matchups

Buffalo home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 7th
Pittsburgh at Winnipeg, Wednesday, March 8th

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