Canadiens vs. Sabres Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 24, 2018

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The Montreal Canadiens have been good at home this season but shaky on the road. They start a two-game trip Thursday night with a visit to Buffalo, which is much improved from last year.

Montreal
44-30-8
AT
October 25, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
33-39-7-3
Puckline +1.5 -265
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +5.5

74%

Betting Action

26%

Puckline -1.5 +215
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +5.5

74%

Betting Action

26%

The Habs are 1-0-2 on the road, losing in overtime in Toronto and Ottawa but winning convincingly in Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 2-2 at home and this is their first game there since Oct. 11.

Canadiens vs Sabres Betting Analysis

Buffalo was the NHL’s worst team last year with just 62 points. Montreal wasn’t much better with 71 points but won all four meetings. It was the first time the Habs won both in Buffalo since the 2013-14 season.

Jonathan Drouin led Montreal with five points, all assists, in the season series. Max Pacioretty (now with Vegas) and Paul Byron each had two goals. Carey Price started two of the four and had a 0.96 goals-against average and .975 save percentage. Jason Pominville and Evander Kane (now with San Jose) led Buffalo with just two points each vs. the Canadiens. Young star centre Jack Eichel was held to an assist. Three different guys – Linus Ullmark, Chad Johnson and Robin Lehner; only Ullmark is still with the team and he’s a backup – started in net for the Sabres.

Montreal is 4-1 in its past five in Buffalo.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal beat visiting Calgary on Tuesday 3-2 as Price stopped 21 shots. It was Price’s 289th career win in a Canadiens uniform, tying him with the legendary Patrick Roy for second-most in franchise history behind another legend, Jacques Plante (314). All three Canadiens goals were in the second period, coming from Jeff Petry (first of season; on power play), Brendan Gallagher (fifth; also on power play) and Drouin (third). Montreal outshot Calgary 22-8 in the second and 40-23 overall. The Habs also killed off all five Flames power plays.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres were a chic pick of many to be the breakout team of the 2018-19 season with talented guys like Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Pominville, Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart and, especially, defenceman and 2018 No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. He has a goal and two assists thus far. Buffalo is struggling to score, putting up 2.4 goals per game and is 19th on the power play. Eichel, taken one spot after Connor McDavid in the 2015 draft, leads with nine points.

Carter Hutton was brought in to serve as the No. 1 netminder but has been a bit shaky with a 3-4-0 mark and 3.09 GAA. Ullmark has been better at 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .982 SV. The Sabres finished a five-game Western Conference trip at 3-2 following a 4-2 win in Anaheim on Sunday to sweep the two Los Angeles-area teams. That’s always tough to do. The Sabres have lost their past six against Atlantic Division teams though.

Canadiens vs. Sabres Prediction

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