Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will travel on the road and take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The Penguins have a record of 16-9-1. The Sabres have a record of 6-15-4 on the season. These two teams have faced each other once this season with the Penguins winning the game.

Penguins on Four Game Winning Streak

The Penguins are hot, winning four straight games. Their last game was a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in the game. Brandon Tanev, Anthony Angello, Jake Guentzel, and Bryan Rust each scored a goal. Tristan Jarry stopped 21 out of 23 shots faced.

Offense has been hot for the Penguins recently. They have scored three goals or more in eight out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 10th in goals per game, 24th in shots per game, sixth in shooting %, and 16th in scoring efficiency ratio. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 25 points in 25 games played. He is on a five game point streak. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin are also hot lately. Guentzel has at least one point in eight of his last 10 games. Malkin has at least one point in six straight games. The Penguins are on a roll on offense.

Goaltending has improved for the Penguins in recent games. They have given up two goals or less in five out of the last seven games. Tristan Jarry has a record of 11-7-1 with a 3.00 GAA and a .901 SV %. Casey DeSmith is 5-2-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .901 SV %. The team ranks 18th in goals against per game, 12th in shots against per game, and 21st in opponent shooting % and save %.

Sabres on Nine Game Losing Streak

The Sabres come in to the game ice cold, losing nine straight games. Their last game was a 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Victor Olofsson and Tage Thompson each scored one goal. Jonas Johansson stopped 22 out of 26 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 seven out of their last eight games. The team ranks 31st in goals per game, 27th in shots per game, 30th in shooting %, and 29th scoring efficiency ratio. Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel each have just two goals on the season. Buffalo severely lacks fire power on offense.

Defense and goaltending will need to improve for the Sabres. The team ranks 27th in goals against per game, opponent shooting % and save %, and 20th in shots against per game. They have given up three goals or more in nine straight games. Linus Ullmark is injured and has been out since February 25. Carter Hutton and Jonas Johansson have both struggled in net. Hutton has a record of 1-7-1 with a 3.40 GAA and a .883 SV%. Johansson has a record of 0-4-1 with a 3.91 GAA and .883 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

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. Offense has been trending in the right direction lately for the Penguins. They have scored three goals or more in eight out of their last 10 games. Goaltending has improved for Pittsburgh recently. They have given up two goals or less in five out of the last seven games. Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in seven out of their last eight games. Defense and goaltending will need to improve for the Sabres. They have given up three goals or more in nine straight games. The Penguins have won four straight games. The Sabres are on a nine game losing streak. Pittsburgh will win this game.

Prediction:
Pittsburgh Penguins (-1.5)

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Rating:

Offense has been a problem for Buffalo this season. They have scored two goals or less in seven out of their last eight games. The team ranks 31st in goals per game, 27th in shots per game, 30th in shooting %, and 29th in scoring efficiency ratio. Goaltending has improved for the Penguins lately. They have given up two goals or less in five out of the last seven games. This will be a low scoring game. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 6.5