Buffalo Sabres (2-8-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -376 / Buffalo Sabres +333 --- Over/Under: 5
SN1, MSG-BUF, ROOT-PIT
The Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins play Saturday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Buffalo Sabres continue to show they’re one of the worst teams in the league with a 2-8-1 record, but both of their victories have come on the road. The Sabres simply have no offense, averaging just 1.1 goals per game and scoring two or less goals in seven straight games. Tyler Ennis leads Buffalo with four goals, Drew Stafford has five assists and Chris Stewart has 28 shots on goal. The Buffalo Sabres have scored just one power play goal all season, and they’ve lost 31 of their last 32 games when scoring two or less goals overall. Defensively, Jhonas Enroth has allowed 22 goals on 259 shots and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 13 goals on 144 shots. The only thing the Sabres do right is their 85.4 percent power play killing percentage.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three straight games and are getting it done with an offense that won’t let up. The Penguins are first in the league with an average of four goals and have scored 14 in their last three games. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Evgeni Malkin has eight assists and Patric Hornqvist has 43 shots on goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored at least one power play goal in seven of their first nine games and have won 11 of their last 14 games overall when scoring three or more goals. Defensively, Thomas Greiss has allowed four goals on 31 shots and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 17 goals on 229 shots. The Penguins have allowed just three goals in their last three games and hasn’t allowed a power play goal in six straight.
The Sabres are 13-40 in their last 53 road games and 12-41 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 77-33 in their last 110 home games and 64-29 in their last 93 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sabres are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Pittsburgh, while the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres are nearly unbackable right now, while the Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be finding their groove as of late. There's no value at all in taking the Penguins to win SU, so I suggest taking the runline to increase the value for your dollar. After all, Pittsburgh has beaten Buffalo by at least three goals in their last three meetings.