Buffalo Sabres (18-18-9) at Montreal Canadiens (27-13-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 21, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -220 / Buffalo Sabres +197 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens return home looking for a big win against the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic division show down on Saturday night.
The Sabres look to build on their home ice win against the Red Wings last night as they take to the road for a divisional show down against a frustrated Canadiens team that got back in the win column against the New Jersey Devils last night. The Sabres have been a pretty polarizing team as they seem to step up their game when playing in front of their home fans, but look like they are destined for another top draft pick when they play on the road and against a great home team like Montreal that will look for a big game out of their MVP in Carey Price it could make for a long outing at the Bell Centre. Robin Lehner Is expected to get the start in the Buffalo crease as he will match up with Price who is looking to snap Montreal’s 2-5 stretch when playing at home.
The Canadiens got a big win on the road against the low scoring Devils last night as Al Montoya had one of his best efforts of the season and the Habs are hoping that is a wake up call for the team who had been on their worst stretch of the year. Montreal always seems to show up in prime time as they are 39-17 in their last 56 Saturday games and with this one being played in front of their home fans it is only fitting that they are heavy favourites in this spot in the end they should have no issues getting a win. However, Montreal has struggled towards the end of a busy schedule as they are 1-4 in their last five in a 4-6 set and 1-5 in their last six in a 3-4 set.
The Sabres are 19-44 in their last 63 against the Atlantic and 40-98 in their last 138 road games while the Habs are 2-5 in their last seven following a win and 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a losing record. Buffalo’s parity continues as they are in a bad spot here as Montreal should cruise to a multi goal win.