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Buffalo Sabres vs Florida Panthers in NHL odds

Florida Panthers

Buffalo Sabres
16-21-6 January 09, 2014, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 12-26-4

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Florida duelling Buffalo on Thursday at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres bring a 12-26-4 record to the battle against the 16-21-6 Panthers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Buffalo go 11-23-8 so far and the Panthers go 19-19-5.

View Florida Panthers vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Buffalo sat as -116 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 22-rated Panthers taking on the No. 30-rated Sabres in this contest.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Canadiens on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -169 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Devils on January 4. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.76 goals per game, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.16 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 12.98% while the Panthers defense kills off 75% of their penalties.

A few Panthers at Sabres trends to consider:
Florida is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Florida is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Florida is 6-11-1 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida's last 8 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Florida at New Jersey, Saturday, January 11th
Buffalo at Washington, Sunday, January 12th