Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins



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The Buffalo Sabres will go on the road and take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Sabres have a record of 6-20-4. The Penguins have a record of 19-11-2 on the season. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with the Penguins winning both games.

Sabres on Fourteen Game Losing Streak

The Sabres come into the game ice cold, losing 14 straight games. Their last game was a 5-3 loss against the New York Rangers on Monday. Dylan Cozens, Rasmus Asplund, and Jeff Skinner each scored a goal. Carter Hart started the game and stopped the only two shots he faced before leaving the game due to injury. Dustin Tokarski replaced Hart and stopped 33 out of 37 shots faced.

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in eight out of their last 10 games. The team ranks last in goals per game, shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio, and 28th in shots per game. Taylor Hall was signed in the offseason to help Buffalo on offense but he has just two goals on the season. Jack Eichel has missed the last seven games due to injury.

Defense and goaltending are another major problem for the Sabres. The team ranks 29th in goals against per game, 22nd in shots against per game, and 28th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up three goals or more in each of the last 10 games. Linus Ullmark is injured and has been out since February 25. Carter Hutton has struggled in net. He has a record of 1-10-1 with a 3.47 GAA and a .886 SV%.

Penguins Coming off Loss

The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Sidney Crosby scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal. Tristan Jarry was sharp in the loss, stopping 33 out of 35 shots faced.

Offense has been trending in the wrong direction recently for the Penguins. They have scored two goals or less in three out of their last four games. The team ranks 12th in goals per game, 18th in shots per game, ninth in shooting %, and 16th in scoring efficiency ratio. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 32 points in 31 games played. He has at least one point in eight out of his 10 games. Jake Guentzel is also hot lately. He has at least one point in eight of his last 10 games.

Goaltending has improved for the Penguins in recent games. They have given up two goals or less in eight out of the last nine games. The team ranks 13th in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %, and 14th in shots against per game. Tristan Jarry has a record of 12-8-2 with a 2.86 GAA and a .909 SV %. Casey DeSmith has a record of 7-3-0 with a 2.11 GAA and a .919 SV %.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio all favor the Penguins in this game. Goaltending has improved for the Penguins in recent games. They have given up two goals or less in eight out of the last nine games. The team ranks 13th in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %, and 14th in shots against per game. Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in eight out of their last 10 games. The team ranks last in goals per game, shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio, and 28th in shots per game. The Sabres are on a 14 game losing streak. Pittsburgh will win this game.

Prediction:
Pittsburgh Penguins (-1.5)

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Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres all season. They have scored two goals or less in eight out of their last 10 games. The team ranks last in goals per game, shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio, and 28th in shots per game. Goaltending has improved for the Penguins recently. They have given up two goals or less in eight out of the last nine games. The team ranks 13th in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %, and 14th in shots against per game. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 6.5