Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 22, 2022

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Can Montreal take advantage of a Sabres team that is riding a brutal eight-game losing streak?

Buffalo
26-20-3-1
AT
November 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
20-27-4
Puckline +1.5 -255
Moneyline -106
Over / Under o +6.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

Puckline -1.5 +211
Moneyline -113
Over / Under u +6.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

The Montreal Canadiens have won three of their past four home game as they host the struggling Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The Habs are -116 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5 goals.

Sabres vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

Tuesday is the second of three regular-season meetings between the teams with Montreal going back to Buffalo on March 27. The clubs played there on Oct. 27 and the Canadiens won 3-2. Josh Anderson scored with just under four minutes remaining. Brendan Gallagher and Kaiden Guhle also scored for the Canadiens. Sam Montembeault made 43 saves. Dylan Cozens and Jeff Skinner scored for Buffalo. Eric Comrie finished with 31 saves.

It appears that neither goalie who started that game will start tonight as it’s expected to be former Ottawa Senator Craig Anderson (3-3-3, 2.82 GAA, .910 SV) for Buffalo and Jake Allen (6-6-0, 3.33 GAA, .898 SV) for Montreal. Anderson has appeared in 34 games against the Canadiens in his career and has only played more games against one NHL team (Toronto). This is the front end of a back-to-back for the Habs as they visit Columbus on Wednesday.

The favourite is 10-4 in the past 14 meetings.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo was an early surprise in the league but lost an eighth straight game on Saturday, 5-2 in Toronto. Alex Tuch and Casey Mittelstadt scored for Buffalo, which hasn’t earned a point in the standings since Nov. 2. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 18 shots for the Sabres in his first start after being recalled from the AHL with Eric Comrie sidelined by a lower-body injury. Centre Zemgus Girgensons, who has three goals and two assists, hasn’t played since Nov. 16 but practiced Monday and could return.

Tyson Jost practiced with the team for the first time Monday after the team claimed him off waivers from Minnesota on Saturday and might play. The Sabres’ Jeff Skinner has recorded 35 career points (21G, 14A) in 36 games against Montreal in his career. In 11 games against the Canadiens as a member of the Sabres, Skinner owns 18 points (10G, 8A), including six multipoint performances.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal snapped a two-game skid with a 5-4 home shootout win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Cole Caufield scored with three seconds left to force overtime. Nick Suzuki had two assists and scored the winner in the shootout for Montreal. Mike Matheson had a goal in his season debut. He had been out with a strained abdominal muscle. Jake Allen stopped 25 shots.

Forward Mike Hoffman didn’t practice Monday because he was undergoing a medical evaluation on a lower-body injury, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be available tonight. He has five goals and three assists. The Canadiens are 5-2 in their past seven vs. the Eastern Conference.

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