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Hockey odds preview - Vancouver vs. Buffalo

Vancouver Canucks

Buffalo Sabres
4-3-0 October 17, 2013, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 1-6-1

The visiting Canucks hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at First Niagara Center against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres currently sports a record of 1-6-1. The Canucks are 4-3-0. Betting totals have seen the Sabres post a 1-6-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canucks have gone 2-3-2 against the number.

View Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Canucks listed earlier today as favorites of -142 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

This game puts the Sabres, most recently No. 30 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canucks, who rate a No. 21 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Vancouver, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Flyers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Canucks at -110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

The Sabres were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +185 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.38 goals per game) against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.14 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 10.34% rate while the Canucks have a 91.3% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canucks at Sabres trends to consider:
Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Vancouver is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games
Vancouver is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 7 games on the road
Buffalo is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo's last 10 games
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Vancouver at Pittsburgh, Saturday, October 19th
Buffalo at Quebec, Saturday, October 19th