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Buffalo SabresChicago Blackhawks
Jan 18, 7:30 PM | United Center

Buffalo Sabres vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds

19-21-5TEAM RECORD27-13-6

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Buffalo duelling Chicago on Wednesday at United Center.

The Blackhawks sit at 27-13-6 on the season; in comparison, the Sabres are currently 19-21-5. Looking to wager on the totals? Chicago is 25-21 OU, and Buffalo is 19-25-1 OU.

View Buffalo vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Sabres listed as underdogs of +-230 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. 7-ranked Blackhawks and the No. 25-rated Sabres in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 3-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 23 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 18% rate while the Sabres have a 83.5% rate on the penalty kill.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Red Wings on January 16. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at -240 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Sharks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -115 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Edmonton are 6-4
After playing San Jose are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Sabres at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo at Winnipeg, Thursday, January 19
Chicago home to Florida, Friday, January 20

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