Montreal Canadiens (46-24-9) at Buffalo Sabres (32-35-12)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 5, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
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The Montreal Canadiens look to stay red hot with the playoffs around the corner as they head into Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday night.
The Canadiens look to win their sixth game in a row as the regular season draws near a close and with the playoffs around the corner and the Atlantic division already in their grasp you can bet the Habs would like go into the postseason with some momentum. Montreal has swept their last four road games and are starting to look more like the team everyone expected to be in the running to win the Eastern Conference and with the Sabres on deck in this one it should prove as another solid road test for the Habs who have beaten up on teams with a losing record this season. With the playoffs in sight it will be interesting to see if they decide to rest some players, namely Carey Price, as they can’t move up or down in the standings and have had some injury woes to deal with to get this point. As of now, Price is expected to start as he will face off against Robin Lehner who has been a work horse for the Sabres this season.
The Sabres meanwhile look to spoil the party for at least one night as they welcome the Canadiens to town in an Atlantic division show down and while they will not be going to the playoffs and this one may not carry as much merit as a game with the Maple Leafs you can bet the Sabres fans will be out in full force tonight. The Sabres were expected to be a dark horse in the Atlantic this season and while they have shown flashes of potential they were underwhelming for the most part and will need another offseason to groom their young stars and turn to the front office in hopes of bringing in some added pieces that could push them over the top.
The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last four against the East and 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games while the Sabres are 6-2 in their last eight against the Atlantic and 6-14 in their last 20 overall. The Habs are locked in and can’t move up or down and while they want to head into the playoffs on a high note I see them getting guys some rest and with that, combined with a nothing-to-lose mentality from Buffalo I see them getting a big win at home here.