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Blue Jackets face Buffalo Sabres: NHL odds preview and stats

Columbus Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres
23-20-4 January 18, 2014, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 13-27-6

NHL wagering interest swings to the Buffalo vs Columbus battle on Saturday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Buffalo will face the 23-20-4 Blue Jackets. In totals betting, the Sabres are 13-25-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Blue Jackets are 24-19-4 favoring the OVER.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

The Blue Jackets were listed as -116 favorites on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Saturday at BetOnline.

The Sabres - Blue Jackets odds would favor the Blue Jackets if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Buffalo is rated No. 29 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Columbus is at No. 19.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Toronto at -160 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.8 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.81 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 13.19% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blue Jackets at Sabres trends to consider:
Columbus is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games
Columbus is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
Columbus is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games at home
Buffalo is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Columbus

Next up:
Columbus home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 21st
Buffalo home to Florida, Tuesday, January 21st