Buffalo Sabres (12-13-2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-4)
December 10, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -175 / Buffalo Sabres +142; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena. The Buffalo Sabres have split their last 8 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 7 of their last 9 games.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 4 goals per game and are scoring on 29 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 21 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 23 assists and Jeff Skinner has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 71.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Eric Comrie has given up 38 goals on 336 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 27 goals on 321 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 17 assists, and Rickard Rakell has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 47 goals on 583 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has given up 27 goals on 295 shots.
The Sabres are 50-118 in their last 168 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Penguins are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The over is 5-0 in Sabres last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 overall. The Sabres are 8-21 in the last 29 meetings in Pittsburgh and 16-40 in the last 56 meetings. The favorite is 24-9 in the last 33 meetings. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres have been fade material on the road for years now, and that doesn’t change with them on the end of a back to back. It doesn’t help that the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing some of their best hockey of the season, and they’ve absolutely destroyed the Sabres over the last decade or so. There’s only one option in this spot, and that’s for me to side with the Penguins and the PL for max betting value.