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Hockey odds preview - Buffalo vs. Anaheim

Buffalo Sabres

Anaheim Ducks
3-14-1 November 08, 2013, 10:00 PM | Honda Center 13-3-1

The Ducks get a visit from the Buffalo Sabres in hockey action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Supporters of the Sabres have seen them go 3-14-1 so far this season, while the Ducks are at 13-3-1. In totals betting, the Ducks are 8-8-1, while the Sabres are 6-11-1.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 223 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Ducks) and the No. 29 (Sabres) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Kings on November 7. Bettors who backed the Kings at -270 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Anaheim, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Coyotes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at -140 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Anaheim's No. 5-ranked offense (3.35 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.06 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 9.38% rate while the Sabres have a 82.26% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Buffalo at Los Angeles, Tuesday, November 12th
Anaheim at Vancouver, Sunday, November 10th