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Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins Preview

Pittsburgh PenguinsBuffalo Sabres
Feb 17, 12:30 PM | First Niagara Center

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

10-5-0TEAM RECORD6-8-1

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.

View Pittsburgh vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Sabres and the No. 6-rated Penguins in this matchup.

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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

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, February 20
Buffalo home to Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 19