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Pens Have Been Dominant Versus Sabres

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins suffered a tough 4-2 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, but go up against a team that they’ve owned in recent meetings in the Buffalo Sabres Sunday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Buffalo.
  • The Penguins are 5-0 in the last five meetings in Buffalo.
  • Penguins are 2-8 in the last 10 games playing on zero days rest.

At online book Bovada, the Penguins are being offered at -135 in moneyline markets, while the Sabres are +105 on home ice. The total is at 5 with OVER -120 and UNDER currently -110.

The Penguins have won seven-consecutive meetings with the Sabres, including a 4-3 triumph on home ice back on October 29 in the only other matchup this season. The Sabres last won a game versus the Penguins back on April 23, 2013.

The Sabres are somewhat hot, however, as they’ve won three of their last four games and head into Sunday’s game off a 4-0 shutout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday.

There hasn’t been much in the way of value by backing the Penguins in these contests, seeing as how they’ve ranged from around -200 to the -419 ball park in moneyline markets in those contests. But the -135 price seems like good value considering the Pens will look to rebound after Saturday’s disappointing loss.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Buffalo Sabres in this one found them earlier as 109 underdogs on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.6-2 win for the Sabres on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

24-28-7 Buffalo battles the Penguins, currently with a 29-20-8 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 20-24-15 for the Sabres and 22-25-10 for the Penguins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Buffalo vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 26-ranked Buffalo Sabres and the No. 7-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Buffalo Sabres No. 28-ranked offense (2.39 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 19.46% rate while the Penguins have a 84.53% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Lightning at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -103 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 4-0 winner as they battled the Blue Jackets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +125 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
  • Buffalo is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Boston, Wednesday, February 24th
Buffalo at Anaheim, Wednesday, February 24th