Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres - 11/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (5-9-2) at Montreal Canadiens (7-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Buffalo Sabres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabers and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Buffalo Sabers look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 11.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with eight goals, Jack Eichel has 10 assists and Jason Pominville has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 27 goals on 275 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 23 goals on 188 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with seven goals, Jonathan Drouin has eight assists and Shea Weber has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 39 goals on 317 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed 14 goals on 102 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games, 25-68 in their last 93 games playing on 0 days rest and 49-116 in their last 165 road games. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Sabres are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Montreal, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2-5 in the last 12 meetings.
We've made a killing fading the Buffalo Sabres over the years, and I'm not going to change that with them on the end of a back-to-back against a Montreal squad that's playing impressive hockey the last week or so. The Sabres have had success against the Canadiens when playing in Montreal, but I don't trust them on the road and I don't trust them on no rest. Give me the home team in the Montreal Canadiens to stay hot.