Penguins vs Sabres Prediction - NHL Picks 11/24/23

Buffalo Sabres (8-9-2) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (9-9)

Game Info: Friday, November 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres -116 / Pittsburgh Penguins -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres face off on Friday in an NHL showdown at the KeyBank Center. Check out our Penguins vs Sabres Prediction.

Big Game for Sabres

The Sabres are hovering right around the .500 mark but a win here would really go a long way in boosting this team's confidence. On Wednesday the Sabres faced off against the Washington Capitals and they ended up losing in overtime. Dylan Cozens did score a goal but the defense did let them down. The Sabres on the season are averaging 2.84 goals while their defense is giving up 3.21 goals per game. The offense is ranked 26th in the NHL and that isn’t good enough. 

Sabres Betting Trends

  • The Sabres have won three of their last four games as home underdogs against the Penguins.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the last five games between the Penguins and Sabres at KeyBank Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Sabres' last four night games at KeyBank Center.
  • The Sabres have lost the third period in four of their last five games as home underdogs after coming off overtime.

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How Do the Penguins Get the Offense Moving?

The Penguins are coming off a game where the offense failed to score any goals and that can’t happen again here. Tristan Jarry started in goal and he looked good, saving 35 of the 36 shots that he faced, but it wasn’t enough. Overall this season the Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals while their defense is giving up 2.61 goals per game. Sidney Crosby just doesn’t seem to age and he has scored 12 goals and added 10 assists so far this season. 

Penguins Betting Trends

  • The underdogs have won three of the Penguins' last four games at KeyBank Center.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last five games at KeyBank Center.
  • The underdogs have won the first period in four of the Penguins' last five games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Penguins' last seven night games at KeyBank Center.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Sabres have some value here. Even though the Sabres offense hasn’t been great overall, they now face off against a Penguins squad that only scored one goal in the last game. The Penguins offense again is going to be an issue here, and that will be the difference here as Buffalo is going to get the job done. I am also throwing a few dollars on Sabres -1.5 just for some added value. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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