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Sabres visit Edmonton Oilers in NHL clash

Buffalo Sabres

Edmonton Oilers
19-42-8 March 20, 2014, 09:30 PM | Rexall Place 25-36-9

The Oilers get a visit from the Buffalo Sabres in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Oilers sport a record of 25-36-9 heading into this matchup, while the Sabres sit at 19-42-8 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-31-2 for the Oilers and 23-35-11 for the Sabres. View Buffalo Sabres vs Edmonton Oilers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 173 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.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Oilers and the No. 30-ranked Sabres, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

The Sabres were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Flames. That made winners of bettors who got Calgary at -175 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Edmonton's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.51 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.97 goals allowed. The Oilers power play is averaging 16.39% while the Sabres defense kills off 82.1% of their penalties.

Next up:
Buffalo at Vancouver, Sunday, March 23rd
Edmonton home to Calgary, Saturday, March 22nd