Buffalo Sabres (6-21-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (20-11-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -320 / Buffalo Sabres +260 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will try to rebound from a 5-2 loss to the Penguins in their last matchup. Victor Olofsson leads the Sabres in scoring with 21 points including 9 goals and 12 assists while Sam Reinhart has 20 points with a team-high 11 goals this season. Jack Eichel has 18 points with a team-high 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 17 points with 15 assists this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.1 goals on 27.6 shots per game with a 25% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.5 goals on 31.3 shots against per game with a 76.4% success rate on the PK this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to add to Buffalo’s misery once again after the Sabres’ loss on Wednesday. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 34 points including team-highs of 13 goals and 21 assists while Jake Guentzel has 31 points with 13 goals of his own and 18 apples. Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin each have 24 points with Rust adding 11 goals while Malkin has 16 assists and Kris Letang has 23 points with 17 assists this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3 goals on 29.6 shots per game with an 18.9% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.8 shots against per game with a 75.8% success rate on the PK this season.
Buffalo is 14-37 in their last 51 games overall and 18-59 in their last 77 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games played on no rest. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 36-16 in their last 52 home games under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games played on no rest. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh.
It’s simply becoming a matter of if the Sabres will snap this losing streak as it just hasn’t mattered what Buffalo has done game in and game out, the Sabres just find different ways to lose hockey games. Pittsburgh’s also prone to giving up goals in their own right, but Buffalo’s shoddy goaltending may get us up over this number themselves. Give me the over here.