Canadiens vs. Sabres Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Nov 23, 2018

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The host Sabres have been the league’s biggest surprise through the first quarter of the season, sitting third in the league in points while riding a seven-game winning streak.

Montreal
44-30-8
AT
November 23, 2018, 4:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
33-39-7-3
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +115
Over / Under o +6

31%

Betting Action

69%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -135
Over / Under u +6

31%

Betting Action

69%

It has been a while since the Canadiens-Sabres rivalry has had league-wide implications – but the Atlantic Division foes are playing inspired hockey heading into Friday’s meeting at KeyBank Center. Montreal has been impressive, but comes in having dropped two in a row.

Canadiens vs Sabres Betting Analysis

The Sabres are slight favourites for this rare Friday matinee, but they’ll need to reverse a troubling trend if they hope to satisfy bettors. Buffalo comes into this one having lost nine of its previous 13 home encounters with the Canadiens, though the Sabres did prevail 4-3 in their previous meeting at KeyBank Center back on Oct. 25. They defeated Montreal 6-5 in OT to kick off their current seven-game run on Nov. 8.

This game carries a total of 6, and with good reason: The Canadiens and Sabres have combined for 18 goals through their first two meetings this season. That sums up both teams’ totals trends well, with Montreal 7-2 O/U in its last nine and the Sabres converting the over in six of their past eight home games. But be warned: The Habs are 23-6-5 to the under in their last 34 when an opponent scores five or more goals in its previous game.

Montreal Canadiens

It seems the Canadiens can’t go a full season without some sort of goaltending imbroglio. Montreal enters Friday having allowed four or more goals in six of its previous eight games, with both Carey Price and Antti Niemi struggling. Niemi will get the start in Buffalo, having not played since surrendering six goals on 43 shots in a one-sided loss to Edmonton on Nov. 13. Niemi boasts an ugly 3.74 GAA and an .887 save percentage on the season.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres might be one of the hottest teams in pro sports, but that winning streak hasn’t come easy. six of Buffalo’s seven wins during their streak have come by one goal, with four going to extra time. Given these trends, bettors might want to think twice about taking the Sabres on the puck line (+190) or to win in regulation (+120). On the flip side, the 60-minute draw is an interesting option at +290.

Canadiens vs. Sabres Prediction

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