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Hockey odds preview - Ottawa vs. Buffalo

Ottawa SenatorsBuffalo Sabres
April 5, 7:00 PM | First Niagara Center

Ottawa Senators vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

19-11-6TEAM RECORD14-17-6

NHL wagering interest swings to the Buffalo vs Ottawa battle on Friday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

This season the Sabres are 14-17-6 overall while the Senators are 19-11-6. As for the totals, Buffalo is 18-17-2 on the OU, and Ottawa is 9-20-7.

View Ottawa vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Sabres as +100 underdogs earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Sabres - Senators odds would favor the Senators if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Buffalo is rated No. 29 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ottawa is at No. 7.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 19-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 12.6% rate while the Senators have a 89.3% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -175 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Penguins. Bettors on Buffalo at +235 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Senators at Sabres trends to consider:
Ottawa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ottawa's last 9 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Ottawa is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Buffalo's last 9 games when playing at home against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home
Buffalo is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Ottawa at Florida, Sunday, April 7
Buffalo home to New Jersey, Sunday, April 7