Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

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

Game Info: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +241 / Pittsburgh Penguins -269 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 49 points including 17 goals and a team-high 32 assists while Jake Guentzel has 45 points with a team-high 20 goals along with 25 apples. Kris Letang also has 28 assists while Bryan Rust has 16 goals and 17 assists as part of his 33-point mark so far this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.3 goals on 29.6 shots with a 23% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals against on 29.6 shots with a 76.8% success rate on the PK this season.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to build on their huge 5-2 upset win over the Washington Capitals in their last matchup. Sam Reinhart leads the Sabres in scoring with 27 points including a team-high 15 goals and 12 assists while Victor Olofsson has 25 points with 12 goals and 13 assists. Rasmus Dahlin also has 14 assists as part of his 18 points on the year. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.3 goals on 27.7 shots with a 21% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.4 goals on 32.6 shots with a 77.8% success rate on the PK this season.

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Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Buffalo is 13-38 in their lat 51 games overall and 4-17 in their last 21 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. The favorite is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings between these two teams.

I can understand allure with a home dog and big plus money, but realistically, the Sabres are this big of a dog for a reason. There’s not much going right for this team and while a win over the Capitals is a nice surprise, it’s not going to be sustainable in the grand scheme of things. O think the Penguins are just another level ahead of there the Sabres are right now and while backing the Sabres at points pays off, blindly backing them until they cash does more harm than good to your bankroll, and I won’t be a part of that. Give me the Penguins -1.5 as I see the Pens winning this game 5-2.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -1.5

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