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Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils Odds
The Devils get a visit from the Buffalo Sabres in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
Supporters of the Sabres have seen them go 9-13-2 so far this season, while the Devils are at 10-8-5. In totals betting, the Devils are 12-10-1, while the Sabres are 13-10-1.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Devils as -126 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Devils and the No. 27-rated Sabres in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 24-ranked offense (2.4 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.2 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 16.5% rate while the Sabres have a 79.8% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Hurricanes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at -130 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
The Devils were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +110 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7
A few Sabres at Devils trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Buffalo's last 14 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Buffalo is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Buffalo is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
Buffalo is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Jersey's last 14 games when playing at home against Buffalo
New Jersey is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Buffalo at Philadelphia, Sunday, March 10
New Jersey at Carolina, Saturday, March 9