The Pittsburgh Penguins (9-9-0) travel to face off against the Buffalo Sabres (8-10-2) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at KeyBank Center in Buffalo and televised on TNT. Both the Penguins and Sabres will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 ET.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Buffalo Sabres
The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Penguins have put together an overall record of 9-9-0. When playing on the road, Pittsburgh has gone 5-3-0, while their home record stands at 4-6-0. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 11th. Pittsburgh’s average scoring margin this season is +.6, leading to an overall puck line record of 8-10. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +.1, while on the road, it is +1.2.
Coming off a 1-0 loss at home to the Rangers, the Penguins are hoping to bounce back today. Pittsburgh couldn’t crack the Rangers defense, and didn’t score a single goal. During the game, the Penguins’ offense had 14 turnovers and took 32 shots on goal while being shutout.
Pittsburgh took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 1 goal.
The Buffalo Sabres Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 19 games, the Sabres have achieved an overall record of 8-10-2. When on the road, Buffalo holds a 4-5-2 record, while they are 4-5-0 when playing at home. Their current record places them 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 12th in the Eastern conference. Looking at Buffalo’s average scoring margin, it is -0.4, which has led to a puck line record of 5-14. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -0.7, and on the road, it is -0.1.
Following a 4-3 loss on the road to the Capitals, the Sabres are eager to bounce back. In the offensive department, the Sabres notched two goals during the first period and one time in the second period. Of Buffalo’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 27 shots on goal and had three giveaways.
Buffalo entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 16th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 6th in the league. Coming into the game, the Penguins have 5-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 4-3.
The Penguins’ over/under record this season is 7-10-1. For the season, they have had 10 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Buffalo Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Sabres come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 24th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. This season, the Sabres are 4-4 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 4-6 record.
This season, the Sabres’ have an over/under record of 7-12-0. Throughout the season, they have played 12 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
Buffalo Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 16th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Penguins vs Sabres Trends
- The Penguins are 4-1 puck line in their last road games and 4-1 straight-up.
- Across their last three home contests, Buffalo has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Sabres have a strong record vs the puck line going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 0-3.
- Going back to their last three games as the favorite, the Penguins have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-2.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Sabres to secure a victory over the Penguins at home. With the moneyline currently set at -105, I’m locking in my bet on the Sabres straight-up.
Our projections have the Sabres pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Sabres, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will remain below that figure, and we recommend wagering on the under.
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