Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres Odds
Pittsburgh pays a visit to Buffalo on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Sabres bats in hockey action at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres sport records of 6-8-1 heading into this matchup, while the Penguins sit at 10-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-6 for the Sabres and 8-7 for the Penguins.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Sabres as +124 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Sabres and the No. 6-rated Penguins in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 10-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 12.7% rate while the Penguins have a 83.1% rate on the penalty kill.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Jets. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +120 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Winnipeg are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Penguins at Sabres trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Buffalo's last 10 games
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, February 20
Buffalo home to Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 19