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NHL Game Preview - Sabres underdogs vs Blue Jackets at Columbus


Buffalo Sabres

Columbus Blue Jackets
13-29-7 January 25, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 26-20-4



The visiting Sabres hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus battles the Sabres, currently with a 13-29-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 27-19-4 for the Blue Jackets and 16-25-8 for the Sabres.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The Blue Jackets were listed earlier today as -200 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sabres sit at a No. 27 on the same chart.

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The Sabres were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Blue Jackets were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -150 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 2.96 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.9 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 19.05% while the Sabres defense kills off 82.47% of their penalties.

A few Sabres at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Buffalo is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games at home


Next up:
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, Monday, January 27th
Columbus at Carolina, Monday, January 27th

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