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NHL betting line favors Avalanche over Sabres

Buffalo Sabres

Colorado Avalanche
15-30-8 February 01, 2014, 03:00 PM | Pepsi Center 34-14-5

The Colorado Avalanche will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Buffalo Sabres invade Pepsi Center on Saturday.

The Avalanche bring a 34-14-5 record to the battle against the 15-30-8 Sabres. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Colorado go 26-25-2 so far and the Sabres go 18-27-8.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Colorado sat as -221 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game matches up the No. 10 (Avalanche) and the No. 24 (Sabres) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

The Sabres were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Coyotes. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +183 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Colorado was a 5-4 winner at home against the Wild. Bettors on Colorado at -149 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Colorado's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 2.98 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.91 goals allowed. The Avalanche power play is averaging 18.83% while the Sabres defense kills off 81.82% of their penalties.

A few Sabres at Avalanche trends to consider:
Buffalo is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Buffalo's last 9 games
Buffalo is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Colorado
Colorado is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games
Colorado is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo home to Edmonton, Monday, February 3rd
Colorado at New Jersey, Monday, February 3rd