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Hockey Matchup - Buffalo Sabres New York Rangers Odds Preview

New York Rangers

Buffalo Sabres
14-14-0 December 05, 2013, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 6-20-2

Hockey bettors look for value at First Niagara Center on Thursday as host Buffalo battles the New York Rangers in hockey odds action.

The Rangers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 14-14-0 this season, while the Sabres are 6-20-2. New York is 10-12-6 against the total, while Buffalo is 8-15-5 versus the number.

View New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Sabres in this one found them earlier as 162 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.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sabres rated this week at No. 30 and the Rangers sitting at No. 4.

New York lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Jets on December 2. Bettors who backed the Jets at +168 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Sabres were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.71 goals per game) against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.54 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 14.46% rate while the Rangers have a 85.56% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Rangers at Sabres trends to consider:
NY Rangers is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
NY Rangers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Buffalo
NY Rangers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games at home
Buffalo is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing NY Rangers
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

Next up:
New York home to New Jersey, Saturday, December 7th
Buffalo at Montreal, Saturday, December 7th