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Maple Leafs face Buffalo Sabres: NHL odds preview and stats

Toronto Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres
14-9-2 November 29, 2013, 07:30 PM | First Niagara Center 5-20-1

The Buffalo Sabres will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Toronto Maple Leafs invade First Niagara Center on Friday.

Buffalo will face the 14-9-2 Maple Leafs. In totals betting, the Sabres are 8-14-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Maple Leafs are 11-14 favoring the OVER.

View Toronto Maple Leafs vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Sabres in this one found them earlier as 134 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 Maple Leafs sitting at No. 13.

The Maple Leafs were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -205 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-1 loser at home against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -170 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.73 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.64 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 14.47% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 79.38% of their penalties.

A few Maple Leafs at Sabres trends to consider:
Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Buffalo is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games at home
Buffalo is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Montreal, Saturday, November 30th
Buffalo at New Jersey, Saturday, November 30th