Canadiens Look to Keep Sabres Down
The Buffalo Sabres started the season with so much optimism, winning seven of their first 10 games. Since then, the Sabres have dropped eight in a row.
Their most recent setback was a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Now they will be searching for answers against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.
Montreal just snapped off a two-game losing streak by taking down the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout on Saturday. They win inched the Canadiens above .500 as they are now 9-8-1 on the season.
Which of these two teams will be able to get the win here and cash for those who bet online?
Goaltending Primary Issue for Sabres
It doesn’t seem to matter who is in the net for the Sabres as nobody on the roster can keep the puck out of the net. Eric Comrie has been the starter for most of the season and he’s 4-7-0 with a 3.62 goals-against and a .887 save percentage.
Backup Craig Anderson has the better GAA (2.82) and save percentage (.910), but at 41 years of age, he can’t start every night. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen got the start on Saturday as the team is looking for answers, but he posted an.826 save percentage.
Luckily, Buffalo remains one of the better offensive teams in the league. The Sabres are eighth in the league when it comes to goals scored per game. However, those making their NHL picks should note that they’ve started to fade recently.
The Sabres have just 13 goals in their last six games, which boils down to just over two per game. That won’t cut it given their defensive woes.
Canadiens Incredibly Average
Montreal has to be feeling good about its development – especially after Cole Caufield’s two-goal showing against Philadelphia.
When looking at the Canadiens’ skaters, Nick Suzuki and Caufield lead the way with 23 and 19 points, respectively. Suzuki has been on another level this season, though, as he leads the team in points, goals, assists and plus/minus.
On the other end of the ice, the goaltending isn’t consistent. Jake Allen is 6-6-0 with a 3.33 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Backup Sam Montembeault is 3-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Statistically, he’s been the better option in net. However, it’s a smaller sample size.
Make sure you double-check who is in net before betting the NHL odds.
Sabres vs Canadiens Game Injuries
Sabres vs Canadiens Head-to-Head
The Sabres and Canadiens have faced off once this season, with Montreal coming out on top 3-2.
Sabres vs Canadiens Game Information
- Game: Sabres (7-11-0) vs Canadiens (9-8-1)
- Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. ET
- Sabres vs Canadiens Live stream: NHL.TV
Sabres vs Canadiens Betting Lines
Sabres vs Canadiens Picks & Prediction
The Canadiens are favored in the sportsbook and it’s easy to understand why. They’re just the more cohesive unit right now. Buffalo has lost eight straight and seven of the losses were by two goals or more.
The better play here might be the over, though. The Sabres often engage in high-scoring affairs and neither team has a solid goalie between the pipes. We should see lots of goals.
The Montreal Canadiens are listed at -115 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Montreal Canadiens, you have a chance to win $87. The Buffalo Sabres are -105, offering a chance to win $95 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Montreal Canadiens a 53.49% chance to win, with the Buffalo Sabres at 51.22%.