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Buffalo Sabres vs Columbus Blue Jackets in NHL odds

Columbus Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres
1-1-0 October 10, 2013, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 0-3-1

Hockey bettors look for value at First Niagara Center on Thursday as host Buffalo battles the Columbus Blue Jackets in hockey odds action.

This season the Sabres are 0-3-1 overall while the Blue Jackets are 1-1-0. As for the totals, Buffalo is 0-4 on the OU, and Columbus is 1-1.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Sabres as 105 underdogs earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sabres rated this week at No. 30 and the Blue Jackets sitting at No. 10.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Islanders on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +113 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Sabres were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 14 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 11.76% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blue Jackets at Sabres trends to consider:
Columbus is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus's last 11 games
Columbus is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 1-4 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:
Columbus at Boston, Saturday, October 12th
Buffalo at Chicago, Saturday, October 12th