Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Sabres (30-31-8) at Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -145 / Buffalo Sabres +131 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: MSGB, TSN2
The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 35 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 34 assists and Sam Reinhart has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 94 goals on 918 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 22 goals, Max Domi has 27 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 223 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 156 goals on 1,719 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 18 games.
The Sabres are 14-48 in their last 62 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 8-20 in their last 28 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 overall. The over is 8-3 in Canadiens last 11 overall. The Sabres are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.
I'm not excited about getting behind the Montreal Canadiens in the favorite role, but backing the Buffalo Sabres in their current form isn't much of an option, especially on the road where they've been awful for much of the last three years. The home team has won six of the last nine meetings between the Sabres and Habs and the favorite has won each of the last four meetings. Backing the Buffalo Sabres these days just doesn't make that much sense. I'd lay the juice with the Montreal Canadiens at home if forced to play this game.