Canadiens Goaltender Carey Price is playing some of his best hockey of the season, coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders earlier in the week and allowing just six goals over his previous five games.
Headed for yet another early end to the season, the Buffalo Sabres aren’t exactly relishing the spoiler role – but a date with a divisional rival might spice things up a bit as the Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Buffalo is limping to the finish line with 14 losses in its past 17 games, but has won its previous three meetings with the Canadiens this season, all by one goal. Montreal is clinging to the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot entering the season.
Sabres vs Canadiens Betting Analysis
This is a game the Canadiens have to win – and from an odds perspective, they’re in great position. Montreal is 9-4 in its previous 13 games as a favourite of any kind, and has won 50 of its past 67 games as a fave between -151 and -200. The favourite has also prevailed in five of the previous six meetings between the Atlantic Division foes. Buffalo has lost five straight against divisional opponents, and five in a row against teams with winning records.
The total for this one opened at 6 but has since dipped to 5.5 – and that still might be enough to sway under bettors to the other side. Buffalo has gone 4-1-1 to the under in its past six games overall and has converted the under three times with a push in its past five against teams with winning records. Montreal is an incredible 14-2-1 in favour of the under in its last 17 games as a home fave, and the teams are 12-5-5 to the under in their past 22 meetings at Bell Centre.
As the Sabres sputter to the finish line, their leading goal scorer continues to struggle in the second half of the season. Jeff Skinner found himself among the league leaders in tallies with 31 through 50 games prior to the All-Star break, but a combination of the team’s offensive struggles and poor puck luck has seen him score just six goals in 23 games since the break. Skinner does, however, have four goals and three assists against Montreal this season.
Canadiens netminder Carey Price is playing some of his best hockey of the season, coming off a 4-0 shutout of the New York Islanders earlier in the week while allowing just six goals over his previous five games. And he can only hope that hot play will continue Saturday after he allowed six goals on 31 shots in his only other meeting with the Sabres this season. Montreal is 5-0-1 to the under in its past six home games overall.