Montreal Canadiens (5-14-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (7-10-2)
November 26, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +100 / Montreal Canadiens -120; Over/Under: -1.5
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The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center. The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres look to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Montreal with 4 goals, Nick Suzuki has 11 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 69.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 42 goals on 411 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 19 goals on 184 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 8 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 9 assists and Jeff Skinner has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 32 goals on 335 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 15 goals on 190 shots.
The Canadiens are 15-7 in their last 22 Friday games and 6-20 in their last 26 overall. The Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 16-43 in their last 59 overall. The over is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The over is 8-3 in Sabres last 11 overall. The Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres have their issues, obviously, and their defense is doing them no favors as of late, but in what world are we going to lay chalk with the Habs on the road? The Montreal Canadiens have lost five of their last six games overall and 13 of their last 16 road games. I’m not running to the window to back the Sabres, but it’s the option I’m taking if forced to pick based on the even money.