Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh (By: Mulder)
Sabres are playing here without their all-star player Eichel ( 25 goals, 72 points ) as he is suspended. Moreover, important defender McCabe is injured as well ( 14 points in 55 games ).
Sabres are playing bad hockey right now with five losses in a row. I remember coach Housley critisized his own team after a 2-6 loss at home against the Rangers.
The coach was awaiting a positive response obviously, but they are 2-10 since that day.
They have a good Kill ( 6th ), but an average 49.28 CF% ( 16th ).
Hutton is confirmed in goal: 2.82 GAA, 0.91 SV%. He is 1-0 against the Penguins this season. I remember what a lucky win that was for the Sabres. He had a 3.95 GAA (!) that game against the Pens.
The Pens coming from back to back wins against top tier teams. They miss Letang in their defence, but still so much talent left in that team with Malkin and Crosby still going strong.
On the road they have an awesome 340 HDCF (!), second best of all teams in the NHL.
DeSmith is confirmed in goal: 2.86 GAA, 0.91 Sv%. He has a 4.94 GAA against the Sabres this season.
I remember the last meeting in Buffalo where Pittsburgh were all over the Sabres but the Pens had a famous choke again in the last minutes. Without Eichel i will go with the better team once more.
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Buffalo Sabres vs Pittsburgh prediction
|Pittsburgh -1.0 ( Including OT )||Pinnacle||1.99||8||0-5 WON (+7.92 units)|