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Buffalo Sabres vs Colorado Avalanche in NHL odds

Colorado Avalanche

Buffalo Sabres
6-1-0 October 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 1-7-1

First Niagara Center hosts an NHL battle between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The Sabres are 1-7-1 so far on the season. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are 6-1-0. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Buffalo go 1-7-1 and the Avalanche go 3-4 on the totals.

View Colorado Avalanche vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Sabres in this one found them earlier as 143 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Sabres and the No. 17-rated Avalanche in this matchup.

The Avalanche were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +125 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 3-0 loser as they battled the Canucks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canucks at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.22 goals per game, against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 1 at 1.43 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 9.38% while the Avalanche defense kills off 85.71% of their penalties.

A few Avalanche at Sabres trends to consider:
Colorado is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Colorado is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Buffalo is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Buffalo's last 11 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Colorado at Pittsburgh, Monday, October 21st
Buffalo at Boston, Wednesday, October 23rd