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Hockey Betting: Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers

Hockey betting Monday includes an intriguing Eastern Conference matchup between Buffalo and Florida in NHL wagering action from Florida.

Hockey betting handicappers will see similar straight up records but the NHL wagering values of the two teams have been near opposite.  The Buffalo Sabres have a far stronger hockey betting reputation than the Florida Panthers.

As a result they have not carried the NHL wagering value that is reflective of their overall record.  Buffalo had an overall hockey betting record of 22-17-3-2 straight up but was just 19-25 against the hockey odds.  The Sabres had a road hockey betting mark of 10-8-1-2.

The Sabres have had somewhat better NHL wagering success since the start of the new year as they were 5-2 in January 2009.  In over/under hockey betting action Buffalo was 22-20-2 over the total but trended under on the road with a mark of 9-11-1.  The Sabres ranked 18th overall on offense while ranking 15th overall on defense.

Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek have been Buffalo’s two main hockey betting weapons.  Roy led the team in points with 41 and Vanek led in goals with 27.  Ryan Miller was solid in goal with a 2.54 goals against average and a save percentage of .916.

The Florida Panthers had an overall hockey betting mark of 20-16-2-5 straight up and 25-18 against the hockey odds.  Florida has been operating under the hockey betting radar as an underrated team that gets little attention from fans or gamblers.  Like Buffalo, the Panthers have played well in the new year as they were 4-2 in January 2009.

Florida ranked 16th overall on offense while ranking 10th overall on defense.  Florida does not have a frightening offensive hockey betting weapon but has steady two-way players such as Stephen Weiss, who led the team in points with 28 and David Both, who led in goals with 18.

Goaltenders Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson have been the main hockey betting assets for the Panthers.  Both had save percentages above .915 and goals against averages under 2.80.

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