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Ottawa SenatorsBuffalo Sabres
Dec 31, 7:00 PM | First Niagara Center

Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

18-15-5TEAM RECORD17-17-3

Buffalo will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Ottawa Senators pay a visit to First Niagara Center.

The Senators will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 18-15-5 this season, while the Sabres are 17-17-3. Ottawa is 23-15 on the totals; Buffalo is 16-20-1.

View Ottawa vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Sabres as -145 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 5.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 22 (Sabres) and the No. 17 (Senators) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 18-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.4 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 19% rate while the Senators have a 79.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Flames at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at -150 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Capitals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -152 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Calgary are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Senators at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ottawa's last 7 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games on the road
Ottawa is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing at home against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Ottawa
Buffalo is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Ottawa home to New Jersey, Monday, January 2
Buffalo home to Edmonton, Tuesday, January 3

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