Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will go on the road and take on the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The Penguins have a record of 15-9-1. The Sabres have a record of 6-14-4 on the season. These two teams have not played against each other this season.

Penguins Are Hot

The Penguins are hot, winning four of their last five games. Their last game was a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in the game. Kasperi Kapanen, Jake Guentzel, and Teddy Blueger each scored a goal. Tristan Jarry was sharp in net, stopping 33 out of 35 shots faced.

Offense has been trending in the right direction recently for the Penguins. They have scored three goals or more in eight out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 12th in goals per game, 25th in shots per game, sixth in shooting %, and 19th in scoring efficiency ratio. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 24 points in 24 games played. He is on a four 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 five straight games. The Penguins are hot on offense.

Goaltending has improved for the Penguins in recent games. They have given up two goals or less in four out of the last six games. Tristan Jarry has a record of 10-7-1 with a 3.05 GAA and a .900 SV %. Casey DeSmith is 5-2-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .901 SV %. The team ranks 20th in goals against per game, 13th in shots against per game, and 24th in opponent shooting % and save %.

Sabres on Eight Game Losing Streak

The Sabres come into the game ice cold, losing eight straight games. Their last game was a 5-4 shootout loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sam Reinhart scored two goals and Taylor Hall had two assists. Riley Sheahan and Brandon Montour each scored a goal. Jonas Johansson stopped 29 out of 33 shots faced.

Putting the puck in the net is a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. The team ranks 30th in goals per game, 27th in shots per game, and 29th in shooting % and scoring efficiency ratio. Taylor Hall was signed in the offseason to help Buffalo on offense but he has just two goals on the season. Jack Eichel, who scored 36 goals last season, has only two goals in 21 games played.

Defense and goaltending will need to improve for the Sabres. The team ranks 27th in goals against per game, 23rd in shots against per game, and 26th in opponent shooting % and save %. They have given up three goals or more in nine out of the last 10 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 0-3-1 with a 3.87 GAA and .890 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 in recently. They have given up two goals or less in four out of the last six games. Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Sabres this season. They have scored two goals or less in six of the last seven games. Defense and goaltending will need to improve for the Sabres. They have given up three goals or more in nine out of the last 10 games. The Penguins have won four out of their last five games. The Sabres are on an eight game losing streak. Pittsburgh will win this game.

Prediction:
Pittsburgh Penguins (-162)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

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

Prediction:
Under 6.5