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NHL Betting Preview - Columbus Blue Jackets Underdogs vs Buffalo Sabres at Buffalo

NHL betting odds interest swings to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo battle on Friday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline betting fans.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets were listed as 105 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Friday at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.2-2 result in favor of the Sabres today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Buffalo Sabres sport a record of 34-35-11 heading into this matchup, while the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at 32-40-8 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 26-30-24 for the Sabres and 40-35-5 for the Blue Jackets. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Buffalo vs Columbus injuries news.

The Buffalo Sabres sit at No. 18 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Buffalo's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.45 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.09 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 18.88% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.11% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Columbus won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Maple Leafs on April 06. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Sabres were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +112 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games
  • Columbus is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games on the road
  • Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 11 games when playing Columbus

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to Chicago, Saturday, April 9th
Buffalo at New York, Saturday, April 9th