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NHL betting line favors Bruins over Sabres

Buffalo Sabres

Boston Bruins
9-23-3 December 21, 2013, 07:00 PM | TD Garden 23-9-2

Buffalo pays a visit to Boston on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Bruins snipers in hockey action at TD Garden.

The Sabres will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 9-23-3 this season, while the Bruins are 23-9-2. Buffalo is 10-19-6 on the totals; Boston is 8-15-11.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Sabres listed earlier today as underdogs of 228 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Bruins at No. 9 and the Sabres at No. 29 heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 13-ranked offense (2.74 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 20 at 2.86 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 19.15% rate while the Sabres have a 80.91% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Sabres at Bruins trends to consider:
Buffalo is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Buffalo's last 16 games when playing Boston
Buffalo is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston's last 16 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo home to Winnipeg, Monday, December 23rd
Boston at Nashville, Monday, December 23rd