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Panthers vs Sabres Hockey Game Preview

Florida PanthersBuffalo Sabres
Feb 3, 3:00 PM | First Niagara Center

Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

2-5-0TEAM RECORD3-4-1

The visiting Panthers hope for a solid performance on Sunday as they look to steal a win at First Niagara Center against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Panthers will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 2-5 this season, while the Sabres are 3-4-1. Florida is 4-3 against the total, while Buffalo is 5-3 versus the number.

View Florida vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Panthers listed as underdogs of +-157 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 26-ranked Sabres and the No. 30-rated Panthers in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.9 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 19.4% while the Panthers defense kills off 76.5% of their penalties.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at -110 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 6-1 loser on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Florida Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 5-5
After playing Winnipeg are 0-10
After a win are 4-6

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Montreal are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Panthers at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Florida is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Buffalo
Florida is 5-11-1 SU in its last 17 games ,when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Buffalo's last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing at home against Florida
Buffalo is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Florida at Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 5
Buffalo at Ottawa, Tuesday, February 5