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Hockey wagering fans will have their choice of two teams that are in playoff contention but can’t afford many losses.  Both teams have had recent NHL wagering success.  The Buffalo Sabres had an overall hockey wagering record of 24-18-3-2 straight up but were just 21-26 against the hockey odds.

The Sabres are usually a strong favorite which means that when they suffer a NHL wagering loss it can get quite expensive, which explains their record.  Buffalo had solid hockey wagering success heading into the all star break as they got the cash in seven out of ten games.

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Buffalo was also on a good “under” NHL hockey wagering stretch as in those ten games before the break they went over the total in just three of them.  The Sabres ranked 18th overall on offense while ranking 13th overall on defense.  Buffalo’s main hockey wagering asset has been their leading scorer, Derek Roy, who had 44 points.

Goaltender Ryan Miller has also been a hockey wagering asset for the Sabres as he had a solid 2.55 goals against average.  Buffalo’s special teams have been solid as they ranked 11th on the power play and a nice 5th on the penalty kill.

The Edmonton Oilers also had a strong hockey wagering stretch before the all star break as from January 11 through January 20 they went 5-1 against the hockey odds.  Edmonton had an overall hockey wagering record of 24-19-1-2 straight up but was just 21-25 against the board.

Like the Sabres the Oilers have suffered some expensive hockey wagering defeats.  Ales Hemsky has been the main Edmonton hockey wagering asset as he led the team in scoring with 41 points.  The Oilers ranked 14th overall on offense but just 22nd overall on defense.

They must tighten up play on their defensive end of the ice if they are to have any sustained hockey wagering success.  Beyond that Edmonton has not played well on special teams as they ranked just 17th overall on the power play and a terrible 28th overall on penalty killing.

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