Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-8-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 19, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +158 / Pittsburgh Penguins -175 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to continue their dominance over the league’s doormats as they face off against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had an ugly showing on the road against the Washington Capitals in their last big outing and will look to make amends on the road against a Sabres side that has struggled this season. Pittsburgh are the defending Cup champions and looked great last night with an overtime win on the road against the New York Islanders and they will be out for an encore here against a Buffalo team that is still without sophomore sensation Jack Eichel and has struggled to fill the void left by their sniper. The Pens will also face off against former coach Dan Bylsma who is now manning the ship behind the Sabres bench and will look for a nice outing from his new club at home.
The Sabres head into this game with a 5-8-4 record and have taken a bit of a hit to their preseason expectations as many had this group pegged for a potential wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo does have some nice talent but I think are still a year or two away from seriously being considered a playoff team and without Eichel they are missing some oomph in their offense and need to have someone else to step up if they’re going to remain competitive. Robin Lehner is expected to get the start for the Sabres as he will face off against Marc-Andre Fleury who is the expected starter for the Pens.
Pittsburgh is 20-6 in their last 26 against a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last five against the Atlantic while the Sabres are 20-42 in their last 62 Saturday games and 21-48 in their last 69 home games. The Pens are in a back to back but they still hold the edge on the Sabres here in a game that could be close but I think goes to the visitors.