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NHL Betting Preview - Buffalo Sabres Underdogs vs Columbus Blue Jackets at Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets battle the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Friday in NHL betting odds action at Nationwide Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Buffalo Sabres opened as 222 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Blue Jackets to win this game 3.7-1.9. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Buffalo Sabres vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Buffalo Sabres will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 27-28-12 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 42-17-6. Buffalo is 30-31-6 on the totals; Columbus is 26-35-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs Buffalo injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 22 (Columbus Blue Jackets) and the No. 20 (Buffalo Sabres) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Columbus's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 3.18 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.93 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 21.23% while the Sabres defense kills off 76.65% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Sabres were a 6-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -107 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Columbus won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Devils on March 07. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -275 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Buffalo is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
  • Buffalo is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Columbus is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Columbus is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 5 games
  • Columbus is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Buffalo home to Columbus, Saturday, March 11th