Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (38-21-6) at Buffalo Sabres (29-29-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +150 / Pittsburgh Penguins -169 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: ATT-Pitt, MSG-Buffalo

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Thursday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this game looking to build on a 7-3 win over Pittsburgh in their last outing. John Marino and Conor Sheary staked the Pens an early 2-0 lead with goals :51 apart. Ottawa would pull a goal back later in the period, but Bryan Rust would restore the two-goal cushion in the final minute of the opening frame. Sidney Crosby pushed the lead to 4-1 late in the 2nd frame before Jason Zucker made it 5-1 less than a minute into the 3rd period. Ottawa responded :33 later and Ottawa would cut the deficit to 5-3 just after the midway point of the 3rd, but Rust would complete his hat trick to push the lead to 7-3 later in the 3rd. Matt Murray got the win to improve to 18-10-6 on the year after stopping 23 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 3-1 loss to Buffalo last time out. Winnipeg took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 2:06 apart in the opening frame before going up 3-0 less than four minutes into the 2nd period. Rasmus Ristolainen got the Sabres on the board just after the midway point of the 2nd period, but that’s as close as the Sabres got the rest of the way as Winnipeg would slam the door shut the rest of the way, leaving Buffalo empty-handed once again. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 12-13-4 on the year after stopping 32 of 35 shots faced in the losing effort.

Pittsburgh is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic division. Buffalo is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 games overall while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games against the Metropolitan division. Pittsburgh is 40-19-3 in the last 62 meetings between these two teams and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Buffalo.

I’m tempted by the Sabres and the plus money at home as home ice is where the Sabres tend to play their best hockey. However, Buffalo is once again ice cold, and playing a Pittsburgh team that’s in need of wins to start turning things around with the playoffs around the corner isn’t a team I want to see on the other side. I’ll take a stab at Pittsburgh in regulation to cut down the price.

Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh in Regulation -115

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