Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (6-16-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (14-10-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, AT&TSN
The Buffalo Sabers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Buffalo Sabers could use a feel good win here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with 12 goals, Jack Eichel has 12 assists and Jason Pominville has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 48 goals on 512 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 30 goals on 262 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 11 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 14 assists and Sidney Crosby has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 58 goals on 617 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed three goals on 15 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed two or less goals in four of their last eight games.
The Sabres are 25-71 in their last 96 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games and 15-38 in their last 53 road games. The Penguins are 42-13 in their last 55 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 1-8 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Sabres are 7-21-2 in the last 30 meetings in Pittsburgh, 15-37-3 in the last 55 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I usually always fade the Buffalo Sabers on the road, and that has to be the case here yet again considering their form. There's just no value in a team that's lost 10 of their last 11 games and gets lit up nightly on the defensive end. Add the onesided history between these two clubs, and you have to like the Pittsburgh Penguins on their home ice.