Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 26, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens start a four-game road trip on Thursday night with a visit to the surprising Buffalo Sabres

Montreal
20-27-4
AT
October 27, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
26-20-3-1
Puckline +1.5 -157
Moneyline +161
Over / Under o +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +131
Moneyline -193
Over / Under u +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Buffalo is a -145 favourite to win on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Sabres NHL Betting Odds

This is the first of three meetings this season. The Canadiens host the Sabres on Nov. 22 and then Montreal returns to Buffalo on March 27.

Montreal was 1-3 in the series last season and 0-2 away. Nick Suzuki led the Habs with three points. Jonathan Drouin didn’t have a point and was minus-3. Sam Montembeault started all four in net and had a 3.53 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

Jeff Skinner torched Montreal with four goals and five assists and was plus-3. Tage Thompson had four goals, two on the power play. Craig Anderson was 2-1-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .923 SV, and Dustin Tokarski allowed one goal in a victory in his lone start. He’s no longer with Buffalo.

The Sabres are 7-3 in the past 10 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in the past five.

Montreal Canadiens

Tough break for those who took Montreal around -155 on the puckline on Tuesday as the Canadiens lost 3-1 at home to Minnesota – that goal coming on an empty net at 19:29 of the third. Cole Caufield’s fifth goal of the season had tied the game 1-1 early in the second. Sean Monahan had an assist to extend his points streak to four games in a row. Blueliner Jordan Harris recorded two hits and seven blocked shots over a season-high 25:39. Jake Allen stopped 28 of 30 shots to fall to 2-3-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .917 SV.

Allen has started three in a row, so it might be Montembeault’s turn here. No. 1 overall pick Juraf Slafkovsky missed his second game in a row due to an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Injured Joel Edmundson and Joel Armia will join the Habs on this road trip, but it’s unlikely either plays here. Montreal is 2-5 in its past seven vs. the Atlantic Division.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo looks much improved at 4-2-0 but does come off a 5-1 upset loss in Seattle on Tuesday – might have just been the Sabres were tired at the end of a four-game trip. Buffalo and San Jose are the only teams that have lost three times to the Kraken since they joined the NHL as an expansion franchise last season.

“We couldn’t get in a rhythm,” said Sabres coach Don Granato. “(Seattle) had much better energy than us. We chased it. We had a lot of guys that didn’t look like themselves.”

Dylan Cozens had the lone goal, his second of the year. Blueliner Rasmus Dahlin extended his points streak to six with a helper, but his historic goal streak obviously ended. Eric Comrie allowed five goals on 24 shots, so it could be Craig Anderson’s turn Thursday. Buffalo is 8-0 in its past eight after scoring two goals or fewer in its previous game.

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