Betting NHL expectations remain high for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they remain one of the NHL online betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference with a shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday with a start time of 7 PM ET and a telecast on NHL NET. Sports Gambling will have side and over under odds on this important Eastern Conference matchup so be sure and open your account today.
Pittsburgh had a record with the hockey odds of 31-15-2-2 and was 17-9-1at home despite superstar Sidney Crosby missing January with a concussion injury sustained in the Winter Classic on New Year’s night. Crosby’s status remains in indefinite doubt.
Despite missing their captain and leading scorer the Penguins kept right on paying with 5 wins in 6 games from January 12 through January 25 as the last 5 games in that stretch went under the total. Pittsburgh went over the number in just 10 of their 27 home games and was a well balanced team that ranked 7th in scoring and 2nd in goals against.
Buffalo was 12-9-4-0 with the hockey gambling odds on the road and was ranked a disappointing 20th for goals against despite having Olympic hero Ryan Miller in goal.
Buffalo has not had a lot of success against the Penguins as they have paid out in just 7 of the last 20 matchups between the two teams. Pittsburgh got the cash in both of the meetings in this series so far in 2010-11. On November 24 the Penguins scored a 1-0 payout at Buffalo as the game was an easy under. On December 11 the Penguins blew out the Sabres 5-2 at Buffalo as the game went over the total.
Pittsburgh has won 4 straight games over Buffalo and 6 of the last 7 overall as the series has gone over the total in 8 of the last 11 meetings. Buffalo has had even less success at Pittsburgh with just 6 payouts in their last 20 visits with just 1 win in their last 6 trips to the Steel City. The series has gone over the betting NHL total in 4 of the last 5 matchups at Pittsburgh.