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Buffalo Sabres take on Blackhawks in hockey test

Buffalo Sabres

Chicago Blackhawks
0-4-1 October 12, 2013, 08:00 PM | United Center 2-1-1

Chicago will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres pay a visit to United Center.

The Blackhawks are 2-1-1 so far on the season. The Sabres, meanwhile, are 0-4-1. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 1-3 and the Sabres go 0-4-1 on the totals.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

The Sabres were listed as 214 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Saturday at BetOnline.

This game puts the Blackhawks, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Sabres, who rate a No. 30 in the latest survey.

The Sabres were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Islanders at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -185 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 3.25 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 26.67% while the Sabres defense kills off 93.33% of their penalties.

Next up:
Buffalo at Minnesota, Monday, October 14th
Chicago at Hartford , Tuesday, October 15th