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Buffalo Sabres vs Detroit Red Wings Betting Preview

Detroit Red Wings

Buffalo Sabres
10-7-7 November 24, 2013, 05:00 PM | First Niagara Center 5-18-1

NHL wagering interest swings to the Buffalo vs Detroit battle on Sunday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Sabres sit at 5-18-1 on the season; in comparison, the Red Wings are currently 10-7-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Buffalo is 8-12-4 OU, and Detroit is 12-10-2 OU.

View Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Buffalo sat as 148 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sabres rated this week at No. 29 and the Red Wings sitting at No. 16.

In their last action, Detroit was a 4-2 loser at home against the Senators. Bettors on Ottawa at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Flyers on November 21. Bettors who backed the Flyers at -180 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.79 goals per game) against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.88 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 15.28% rate while the Red Wings have a 85.57% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Detroit home to Boston, Wednesday, November 27th
Buffalo home to Montreal, Wednesday, November 27th