Pittsburgh Penguins Travel to Buffalo to Face the Sabres
The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into the KeyBank Center on Wednesday evening to take on the Buffalo Sabres in an Eastern Conference matchup.
This will be the third and final regular-season matchup. They split the first two meetings. Pittsburgh is doing incredibly well as they are second in the Metropolitan Division (37-16-9, 83 points) thus far, while Buffalo is currently sixth in the Atlantic Division (21-33-8, 50 points).
These teams have two of the better players in the entire league and should be a fun matchup to decide the season series. Let’s take a closer look into Pittsburgh and Buffalo to determine the best output for our wagers.
Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres March 23rd
The Penguins are doing pretty well for themselves on the offensive side of the ice as they are scoring 3.19 goals on 34.7 shot attempts.
Left winger Jake Guentzel is leading the offense; he is tied for 16th in the NHL in goals and tied for 29th in the sport in points. He has posted 60 points (29 goals, 31 assists) with three points added in his previous five games.
On the defensive side of things, Pittsburgh is allowing 2.60 goals on 30.5 shots as a team. They are being led by their goaltender Tristan Jarry as he has been phenomenal with a 30-12-6 record while saving .922 percent of shots and just 2.31 goals allowed per game.
Right winger Tage Thompson has been leading the offense for Buffalo as he is tied for 27th in hockey in goals as he has produced 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) this season with an additional three points in his last three games played.
The offense as a whole needs to step up as they are averaging 2.61 goals on 29.8 shots per game this season. Starting goalie Dustin Tokarski has to improve as well as he is just 5-9-4 with 3.09 goals allowed per game and a .906 save percentage on the year. As a team, the Sabres are giving up 3.50 goals on 34 shot attempts this year.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres Betting Prediction
When looking at the season-long stats, we see the biggest difference is on the defensive end. However, in the last handful of games, there is a slightly different tune as Pittsburgh is allowing 2.8 goals in their previous five games played while Buffalo is giving up 2.25 goals in their last four games.
The Penguins are 30-32 against the spread this season, while the Sabres are currently 34-28 against the spread. Go with the Buffalo Sabres to keep the match close, despite being a lesser talented team.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.