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Canadiens vs Sabres Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Canadiens and Sabres Abuse Goaltenders

The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres have a few things in common lately: goals. Either they score a lot of them or let their opponents tally aplenty. It’s no surprise that most of their recent games have gone over the totals, especially when playing their conference and division rivals. NHL lines expect another high-scoring game here, which also favors Buffalo on the moneyline.

Canadiens Just Having Fun

It has been another long season for the Canadiens. But that’s no reason for the team’s young players to go out there and put on a show. Montreal did just that as it lit up Columbus 8-2. Rafael Harvey-Pinard had himself a game as it was Montreal’s fourth game with 4+ goals in its last seven.

Canadiens vs Sabres Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Canadiens vs Sabres Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

In fact, Montreal has been scoring a lot more and is putting up over three goals per game this 2023. That’s up from 2.59 in 2022. Combined with its porous defense and inconsistent goaltending, eight of its last 11 games have gone over the total. Betting online on the ‘over’ is typically the best play when it comes to this team.

But if Montreal can get solid play from Sam Montembault, its NHL odds of winning go up a bit. The 26-year-old has put up some stellar outings, which has led to Montreal upsetting the likes of Tampa Bay and New Jersey. He’s their goalie of the future and he should keep starting.

Will Sabres Get More of That?

Speaking of heroic goaltending, Eric Comrie delivered one effort for the Sabres just as they needed it. The Sabres blanked the Islanders 2-0 as Comrie stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season. This was a good confidence booster for the man that got left in the net for all 10 of Dallas’ goals earlier in the month.

Buffalo has had to rely on goaltending and play sharper defense as its offense has all but dried up. Tage Thompson and Rasmus Dahlin have gone cold, hence why Buffalo is scoring 2.69 goals per game this month. That’s 27th in the NHL and a far cry from the 3.76 it averaged prior.

But when it comes to this team, the “over: on the total is one of the best NHL picks. Most of Buffalo’s games still yield high scores thanks to the shoddy goaltending and/or defending. Five of its last six games have gone over the total. Unless Comrie can pull off an encore, this upcoming game should be more of the same.

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Canadiens vs Sabres Head-to-Head

Montreal and Buffalo’s games have been going over lately. The total has gone over in 12 of Montreal’s last 16 conference games. Similarly, 11 of Buffalo’s last 15 division games have. The Habs are 2-5 in their last seven games in Buffalo.

Canadiens vs Sabres Game Information

  • Game: Canadiens (29-38-6) vs Sabres (35-31-6)
  • Day/Time: Monday, March 27, 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
  • Canadiens vs Sabres Live stream: NHL.TV

Canadiens vs Sabres Betting Lines

Canadiens vs Sabres Picks and Prediction

Check the NHL news to see which netminders will start for Buffalo and Montreal. There is a sizable difference when it’s Montembault for Montreal and Craig Anderson for Buffalo versus their counterparts. If both start, bet online on the total to go under as the public keeps juicing the ‘over’ to seven goals.

Buffalo is listed at -210 in our NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Sabres, you have a chance to win $48. Montreal is +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Buffalo a 67.74% chance to win, with the Canadiens at 36.36%.

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