Canadiens vs. Sabres - 2/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (14-33-3) at Montreal Canadiens (32-14-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -390 / Buffalo Sabres +338 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSGB, RDS
The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
The Buffalo Sabres have not won since December 27th and end a five-game road trip. The Sabres are averaging 1.8 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have lost four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 13 goals, Tyler Ennis has 18 assists and Chris Stewart has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Michal Neuvirth has allowed 56 goals on 602 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 112 goals on 1,108 shots.
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The Montreal Canadiens are climbing up the Atlantic with wins in five of their last six games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have zero power play goals in their last three games and have won 11 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 23 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 20 assists and Alex Galchenyuk has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Carey Price has allowed 79 goals on 1,180 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 27 goals on 321 shots.
The Sabres are 20-41 in their last 61 vs. a team with a winning record and 9-49 in their last 58 road games. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 40-17 in their last 57 vs. Eastern Conference. The Sabres are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Montreal and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We know the Canadiens are head and shoulders better than the Sabres. However, Buffalo has won eight of the last 11 meetings in Montreal. Also, there's no value in this line in backing Montreal even with the spread involved. I'll take a shot in the dark with Buffalo here, especially given its history in Montreal.