Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Nov 26, 2021

The Montreal Canadiens will be searching for their first win in their last seven road outings when they visit the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Montreal
8-25-5
AT
November 26, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
12-20-6-1
Puckline -1.5 +211
Moneyline -122
Over / Under o +6

37%

Betting Action

63%

Puckline +1.5 -254
Moneyline +102
Over / Under u +6

37%

Betting Action

63%

The Canadiens opened their current three-game road trip with a 6-3 loss in Washington on Wednesday, which also marked the team’s fifth loss in six overall contests. The Sabres return to action looking for answers in the wake of Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the visiting Boston Bruins, which also marked the club’s fourth straight loss by multi-goal margins.

The Habs are slim -120 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Canadiens vs. Sabres NHL Betting Odds

The Canadiens find themselves perched as road favourites for the first time since their last visit to Buffalo, back on October 14. Montreal has held steady as -120 chalk despite attracting just 33 per cent of bets, while the Sabres lag as +100 underdogs. The total is also unchanged since opening at 6.0. However, the UNDER has gained ground, sporting -120 odds.

Friday night’s matchup at Keybank Center marks the second meeting of the season between these struggling Atlantic Division rivals. The Sabres skated to a 5-1 victory as +125 underdogs when these two teams met in Buffalo back in October. Buffalo has now claimed the decision in five of seven meetings since March 2018, with their four previous wins all coming by a single goal, including three victories on home ice. High scoring has also been commonplace during the Sabres’ recent stretch of success against Montreal. The two teams have combined to score an average of 6.14 goals per game over their past seven clashes. Accordingly, the OVER has paid out on five occasions during that stretch.

Montreal Canadiens

Following yet another lopsided defeat on Wednesday night, the Canadiens now sport a league-worst 1-8-1 road record, and have been outscored by a wide 26-13 margin during their current six-game road slide. With no indication that Carey Price will make his season debut anytime soon, the Canadiens are relying on Jake Allen and Sam Montembeault between the pipes.  Montembeault was announced as the starter against Buffalo on Friday, while Allen will play Saturday in Pittsburgh.  At 1-3-1 on the year with a 3.58 goals-against average and .897 save percentage, it hasn’t been a great start for Montembeault.  He stopped 33 of 36 shots to pick up his first win of the season in his last appearance, which came against Nashville on Nov. 20.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres have cooled off considerably since opening the season on a 5-1-1 run, posting wins in just two of their past 12 contests. That run includes four straight home losses, with three of those coming by multi-goal margins. The club has surrendered a whopping 22 total goals during their current four-game overall losing streak, and an equal number over their past four home defeats. The Sabres are once again expected to turn to a former Canadiens netminder to stop the bleeding, with Dustin Tokarski projected to make his 11th start of the season. Tokarski has allowed four of more goals in five of eight November starts, but stood tall in relief in Wednesday’s loss to Buffalo, allowing just one goal on 25 shots.

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