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Buffalo Sabres home to Hurricanes in hockey betting action

Carolina Hurricanes

Buffalo Sabres
21-19-9 January 23, 2014, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 13-28-7

The Sabres get a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Sabres bring a 13-28-7 record to the battle against the 21-19-9 Hurricanes. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Buffalo go 15-25-8 so far and the Hurricanes go 20-24-5.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Buffalo sat as 100 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Sabres at No. 27 and the Hurricanes at No. 17 heading into this contest.

Carolina won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Flyers on January 22. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Panthers on January 21. Bettors who backed the Panthers at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.85 goals per game) against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.84 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 14.19% rate while the Hurricanes have a 78.98% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Carolina home to Ottawa, Saturday, January 25th
Buffalo at Columbus, Saturday, January 25th