Florida Panthers home to Sabres in hockey betting action
Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers Odds
NHL wagering interest swings to the Florida vs Buffalo battle on Thursday at BB&T Center as the Panthers try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
The Panthers currently sports a record of 6-9-4. The Sabres are 7-12-1. Betting totals have seen the Panthers post a 9-10 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sabres have gone 10-10 against the number.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Sabres listed earlier today as underdogs of +-116 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Panthers rated this week at No. 30 and the Sabres sitting at No. 27.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida's No. 20-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.2 goals per game allowed. The Panthers powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Sabres have a 80.7% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Florida was a 6-4 winner at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Florida at +140 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 4-6
Florida Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 2-8
A few Sabres at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Buffalo's last 18 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Florida's last 18 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Florida is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Buffalo
Florida is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Florida is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Buffalo home to New Jersey, Saturday, March 2
Florida at Carolina, Saturday, March 2