Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (27-25-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-6)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -230 / Buffalo Sabres +190 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: ATT-Pitt, MSG-Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to rebound from a 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators in their last outing. Brandon Montour opened the scoring for the Sabres just past the two minute mark of the opening period before doubling his tally after the midway point of the 1st period. Ottawa would storm ahead 3-2 with three goals in a span of 1:14, with the latter two being just :09 apart, while adding a 4th goal just two minutes after that to surge ahead 4-2 after 20 minutes of play. Kyle Okposo got the Sabres a goal just under three minutes into the 2nd before Ottawa restored the two-goal cushion at the nine minute mark of the middle frame. Viktor Olofsson cut the deficit to 5-4 just under five minutes later, but that’s as close as Buffalo got the rest of the way as Ottawa added a pair of 3rd period goals to put the game out of reach. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 11-10-4 on the year after allowing 6 goals on 39 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to bounce back after a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last time out. The game was scoreless through the first 20 minutes of play before Toronto stormed out to a 2-0 lead at the midway point of the 2nd with a pair of goals 2:16 apart. The Leafs added a 3rd just over three minutes later and chipped in a 4th early in the 3rd, while none of Pittsburgh’s 24 shots found the back of the net, including being outshot 10-2 in the 3rd period. Evgeni Malkin led the Pens with 5 shots on goal while Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist all had 3 shots on goal in the loss. Matt Murray took the loss, falling to 17-8-5 on the year after allowing 4 goals on 30 shots faced in the losing effort.

Buffalo is 13-43 in their last 56 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the over is 5-1-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 23-9 in their last 32 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 18-6-2 in their last 26 games against the Atlantic division. Buffalo is 18-40-3 in the last 61 meetings between these two teams and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

The plus money would be worth a look with Buffalo, but just when I get comfortable and trust the Sabres, Buffalo goes out and throws up a clunker against Ottawa. I’m back to being on board with fading Buffalo on the road, regardless of the opponent, and that’s not going to change here. Buffalo is just way overmatched here, and I think the Pens roll here. Give me Pittsburgh on the puck line in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.