Totals bettors might be leaning toward the OVER on the NHL betting lines on Sunday night as the Buffalo Sabres take on the rival Boston Bruins for the second time this season.
The Sabres beat the Bruins in a high-scoring affair in their first meeting of the season on January 31, winning 7-4 as a road underdog in that contest. Totals bettors have watched the OVER pay out in eight of the last 10 Bruins vs. Sabres matchups.
The Sabres currently sports a record of 5-6-1. The Bruins are 7-1-1. Betting totals have seen the Sabres post a 8-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bruins have gone 4-5 against the number.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 21-ranked Sabres and the No. 9-rated Bruins in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 6-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 15.6% rate while the Bruins have a 92.3% rate on the penalty kill.
Buffalo won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on February 9. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Montreal are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing NY Islanders are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Bruins at Sabres trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 10 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 10 games when playing Boston
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston home to NY Rangers, Tuesday, February 12
Buffalo at Ottawa, Tuesday, February 12