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Moneyline favors Sabres in battle with Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes

Buffalo Sabres
18-16-9 January 07, 2014, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 12-26-4

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Carolina duelling Buffalo on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.

The Hurricanes will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 18-16-9 this season, while the Sabres are 12-26-4. Carolina is 18-20-5 on the totals; Buffalo is 11-23-8.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 100 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 14-rated Hurricanes taking on the No. 30-rated Sabres in this contest.

The Hurricanes were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Devils on January 4. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.76 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.88 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 12.98% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 79.43% of their penalties.

A few Hurricanes at Sabres trends to consider:
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo
Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Carolina home to Toronto, Thursday, January 9th
Buffalo home to Florida, Thursday, January 9th