Sabres vs. Penguins - 2/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (29-20-8) at Buffalo Sabres (24-28-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +109 / Pittsburgh Penguins -120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres meet Sunday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 25 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 26 assists and Phil Kessel has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 98 goals on 1,253 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 28 goals on 364 shots. Fleury has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power plays. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 18 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 32 assists and Jack Eichel has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 76 goals on 906 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 35-80 in their last 115 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-20 in their last 28 Sunday games. The Penguins are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 42-19-4 in the last 65 meetings overall.
I don't pick the Sabres often, and this isn't going to one of the exceptions, as the Penguins continue to play consistent hockey and have beaten Buffalo in 42 of the last 65 meetings. I'm taking the far better team and cheap price.