Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (49-29-10) at Buffalo Sabres (33-37-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +105 / Montreal Canadiens -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres look for a spark on opening night as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in an Atlantic division show down on Thursday.
The Canadiens take to the road looking for a win in their season opener as they face off against the Buffalo Sabres in New York and will be hoping for a strong start from newly acquired top line center Jonathan Drouin. The former Lightning star and third overall draft pick is hoping a fresh start will rejuvenate his promising career while the Habs finally get some much needed offensive fire power and against a Sabres side that is pretty thin on the blue line with the exception of Rasmus Ristolainen this could be a perfect show case for Drouin and company to light up the score board. However, the Canadiens are quite thin on the blue line as well aside from Shea Weber and while the addition of Karl Alzner helps they have given up a ton on the back end in the last couple of seasons and are giving fewer options to Carey Price who is the most reliant goaltender in the NHL.
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The Sabres meanwhile are fresh off locking up Jack Eichel to a new contract that will kick in next season, and while he hasn’t quite had the breakout season many are expecting he is certainly worthy of a heavy pay day as he is one of the best young talents in the league. Buffalo is a team is on the rise though as they have some very nice pieces in the offensive zone to go alongside the American sniper as Ryan O’Reilly is a very good second line option, Sam Reinhart is waiting for his own breakout, and the likes of Kyle Okposo and Jason Pominville make the Sabres attack very well balanced and to me is one of the more underrated units in the league. Robin Lehner is slated to get the start here as he will face off against Price in what should be an exciting contest between these two sides.
The Canadiens are 11-4 in their last 15 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 against the Atlantic while the Sabres are 1-5 in their last six games and 14-50 in their last 64 Thursday games. This should be a fun one to watch in what should be a chess match and while both teams aren’t strong in the defensive zone I think it’ll be a low scoring contest that cashes under the number.