Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/17/21

Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/17/21 Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (27-13-3) at Buffalo Sabres (11-25-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +241 / Pittsburgh Penguins -269 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres meet Saturday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 32 assists and Bryan Rust has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 74 goals on 797 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 39 goals on 442 shots.

The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 14 goals, Taylor Hall has 17 assists and Victor Olofsson has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 39 goals on 341 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 49 goals on 591 shots.

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The Sabres are 4-17 in their last 21 home games and 13-38 in their last 51 overall. The Penguins are 20-6 in their last 26 games as a favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The over is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The Penguins are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Buffalo and 38-13 in the last 51 meetings. The favorite is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been money in the favorite role all season long and they've dominated the Sabres this season, which includes four wins this season and two of those wins being shutouts. The Buffalo Sabres have shown more signs of life as of late, but they've still been horrible in the underdog role, they don't string wins together and you can argue they've been at their worst at home. I can only side with the Penguins in this spot, and I'll take the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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

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