Buffalo Sabres (6-20-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (19-11-2)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -250 / Buffalo Sabres +200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will try to bounce back from a 14th straight loss in the form of a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers last time out. Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson each have a team-high 20 points with Reinhart logging a team-high 11 goals with 9 assists while Olofsson has 8 goals and 12 assists this season. Jack Eichel has 18 points with a team-high 16 assists while Taylor Hall isn’t far behind with 16 points including 14 assists as well this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.1 goals on 27.6 shots per game with a 25% conversion rate on the PP while giving up 3.5 goals on 31.3 shots against per game with a 76.4% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 32 points including 12 goals and a team-high 20 assists while Jake Guentzel has 30 points with a team-high 13 goals with 17 assists while Evgeni Malkin has 24 points with 8 goals and 16 assists. Bryan Rust has 23 points with 11 goals and 12 assists. Kris Letang also has 22 points with 17 assists. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.1 goals on 29.4 shots per game with a 19.3% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.7 shots per game with a 75.3% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
Buffalo is 14-37 in their last 51 games overall and 18-59 in their last 77 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. Pittsburgh is 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 3-0-2 in their last 5 home games. The favorite is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
I find myself trying to make a case for Buffalo here, but there’s simply no signs of life from the Sabres and it gets to a point that we may have already reached, where you just blindly fade the Sabres until the tickets stop cashing. That’s what we’re going to do here, simple as that. I’ll lay the -1.5 with the Pittsburgh Penguins here as it’s the only viable play for this matchup.