Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Sabres versus the Penguins? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Penguins being the favored team playing at home against the Sabres.

BUFFALO SABRES VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Sabres.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+141)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Does Buffalo Have What it Takes on the Road?

Currently, the Sabres hold an overall record of 16-19-4 for the season. On the road, Buffalo has a 8-10-3 record, while they are 8-9-1 at their home venue. At the moment, they hold the 7th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 14th in the Eastern conference.

Against the puck line, Buffalo is 19-20. Their road puck line record so far is 13-8 while sitting 6-12 at home against the puckline. This season, Buffalo’s games have an average of 6.4 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Sabres come in with an over/under performance of 17-21-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Buffalo has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

The Sabres come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 18th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 27th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 19th in the league.

Buffalo will be looking for a good game from Jeff Skinner who leads the team in scoring with 16 goals, ranking 26th in the NHL. Skinner also comes into the game with 15 assists.

In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen comes into the game having made 15 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.6078431372549019%.

Is a Home Win Possible for the Penguins?

As they head into their game vs. the Sabres, the Penguins have a 19-14-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-7-1, and they have a 9-7-3 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 6th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 10th in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Pittsburgh has a 18-19 record. On the road they are 9-10 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is9-9. For the season, Pittsburgh’s games have finished with an average of 5.9 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Penguins have an over/under record of 15-19-3.

Pittsburgh has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 6th in the league. So far this year, the Penguins are 12-8 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Pittsburgh’s leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far, he has 22 goals which is 7th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 19 assists so far.

Defensively, the Penguins are currently 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 25 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-11, and his save percentage is 0.8529411764705882%.