Moneyline favors Bruins in battle with Sabres


Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres
23-9-2 December 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 8-23-3



The Buffalo Sabres battle the visiting Boston Bruins on Thursday in NHL betting action at First Niagara Center.

The Bruins will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 23-9-2 this season, while the Sabres are 8-23-3. Boston is 8-15-11 on the totals; Buffalo is 9-19-6.

View Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Sabres as 148 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Sabres and the No. 9-ranked Bruins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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Boston won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Flames on December 17. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -210 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Jets on December 17. Bettors who backed the Sabres at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.74 goals per game, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.06 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 13.46% while the Bruins defense kills off 85.98% of their penalties.

A few Bruins at Sabres trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 15 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games
Buffalo is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games at home


Next up:
Boston home to Buffalo, Saturday, December 21st
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