For the second time in two nights, the Pittsburgh Penguins set to take on the Buffalo Sabres.
Let’s take a look at this Eastern Division showdown in our Sabres vs. Penguins betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Sabres vs. Penguins Betting Preview (March 25, 2021)
The Penguins picked up an impressive 5-2 victory over the Sabres last night, giving Buffalo its franchise-worst 15th consecutive loss.
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Defenseman Kris Letang scored his sixth goal of the season, while forward Sidney Crosby picked up a goal and an assist.
Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry looked shaky early on, giving up some big rebounds but still made 26 saves on 28 Buffalo shots to earn the victory.
On the opposite end of the ice, Buffalo goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves on 42 shots, playing as well as he could considering how simply awful the defense played in front of him. The Sabres were caught out of position on all five Penguins goals, and if not for the journeyman goaltender making some big stops, the game could have been decided by a much wider margin.
However, one concern for Pittsburgh was forward Kasperi Kapanen leaving the game late with an apparent lower-body injury.
His status for tonight remains questionable.
Sabres vs. Penguins Odds
Here are the lines for Sabres vs. Penguins at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Penguins (-1.5 -127); Sabres (+1.5 +107)
Moneyline: Penguins (-305); Sabres (+252)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-102)/Under 6 (-122)
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Bets We Like With a Penguins Win
Penguins to Score First and Win Game (-150, DraftKings)
We played this angle last night to a victory, and we’re right back on it again tonight. The Sabres have allowed opponents to score first in 22 games this season, with a record of just 2-18-2 when this occurs. As was on full display last night, Pittsburgh is clearly the stronger club in this matchup, and this wager is the only option value while looking to back the Pens in this contest.
Bets We Like With a Sabres Win
Victor Olofsson to Score a Goal Anytime (+270, DraftKings)
The 25-year-old Swedish native scored his ninth goal of the season last night on a penalty shot late in the third period. With this Buffalo offense struggling to convert chances as a collective group, Olofsson is their strongest option to find the back of the net on most nights. Given decent odds, I would look for him to score once again tonight.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-148, DraftKings)
We saw both of these clubs play at a fast pace in the opening frame last night, with three total goals scored. Frankly, with numerous high-danger scoring opportunities in play, the total could have hit four or five goals.
Buffalo’s only chance to end its dreadful 15-game losing streak would be to score early and bring the same high energy it did to start last night’s contest. On the flip side, the defensive breakdowns that the Sabres suffered allowed the Penguins to create a ton of scoring chances, which is why they went to the locker room up 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.
I would expect another fast opening to tonight’s contest, making the first period over a strong option to wager — even with a pricey number.
Sabres vs. Penguins Prediction
Yesterday’s game featured some excitement, despite how poorly Buffalo continues to play. The Penguins still have a major edge in overall talent and skill in this matchup. Coming off of an uneven stretch, they shouldn’t fall asleep tonight.
Look for Pittsburgh to pick up a 4-2 victory tonight.
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