Hockey gambling handicappers are concerned about the slow start of the Buffalo Sabres as they are not living up to preseason expectations with the hockey odds.
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The Buffalo Sabres had a mark of 8-12-3-0 with the NHL odds and have gone over the total in 12 of 13 games so far this year. Buffalo had a road mark of 5-4-2 with a 6-5 over mark on totals.
The big area of worry form the Sabres has been on the defensive end of the ice as US Olympic hero Ryan Miller has not shown the same form in goal as he did last year when he carried the Sabres. Miller had a 2.63 goals against average to begin this season and a record of just 6-8 with zero shutouts.
Miller has been nagged with a groin injury that has him on day to day status. Part of Miller’s problem has been a lack of support in front of him and an offense that ranks in the bottom third of the NHL.
Center Derek Roy has been the one bright spot of the attack as he had 9 goals and 14 assists to lead the team. Jhonas Enroth and Patrick Lalime are the backup goalies and both have GAA’s over 2.89 so far this year.
Montreal had a NHL betting record of 14-7-1 and led the Northeast Division. The Canadiens have been a strong under team as they went over the total in just 4 of their first 22 games. Montreal was 8-4-1 at home and went over the total in just 4 of 13 home games.
The Canadiens were ranked 20th for offensive scoring and a most impressive 2nd for goals against as Carey Price was proving to be a major hockey gambling asset with a 2.00 goals against average with 4 shutouts.