After splitting games in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Montreal Canadiens will host the NHL’s other New York-based team as they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Bell Centre on Thursday.
Montreal couldn’t build off the momentum of its 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders on Monday, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Rangers on Tuesday. They’ve now traded wins and losses over their past 10 games, a stretch that includes a 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Sabres vs Canadiens Betting Analysis
An early-season win barrage has helped Montreal keep its head above water – and the .500 mark – despite its recent inconsistent play. And the conditions are favourable for the Habs to continue their win-loss-win-loss stretch, with the home team having won five of the past seven meetings between the teams. The Sabres have also fared poorly on three or more days of rest, having won just one of their previous seven games in that situation.
The total for this one is set at 5.5, and given the history of low-scoring games between these teams, bettors might want to consider the under here. The Sabres and Canadiens have converted 29 unders with nine pushes in their past 48 head-to-head meetings, though they did go above the number in their last encounter. And it’s worth noting that Buffalo has gone 8-2 to the over in its past 10 games against teams with winning records.
Like the Canadiens, the Sabres are coming off a loss to the rival Rangers – the latest in a string of subpar performances for a Buffalo team that got off to a promising start. But you can’t blame the offence – at least, where effort is concerned. The Sabres have racked up 40 or more shots in each of their previous three games, with a 4-2 loss in Ottawa, a 9-2 home rout of the Senators and a 3-1 setback to the Rangers to show for it.
The Canadiens’ special teams have been a Jekyll-and-Hyde story through the first 15 games of the season. First, the good news: Montreal has killed off all 14 shorthanded opportunities it has faced so far this month to vault itself to seventh in overall penalty-kill rate at 83.3 percent. And now, the bad: the Habs are just 2-for-16 on the power play in four November games, slipping to 25th in the league in overall man-advantage efficiency at 15.3 percent.
Sabres vs. Canadiens Prediction