Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Montreal Canadiens: -1 (+105) / Buffalo Sabres: 1 (-135)
City, TVA, SN-East, MSG-Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The Buffalo Sabres are in dire need of a win after a 4-2 loss to Toronto in their last outing. Casey Middelstadt opened the scoring for the Sabres with the lone goal of the opening period before Toronto stormed back to take the lead after 40 minutes with a pair of goals in the 2nd period. Toronto pushed the lead to 3-1 before Alexander Nylander cut the deficit back to 3-2, but that’s as close as Buffalo got as Toronto slammed the door shut with an empty-netter late on in the 3rd. Carter Hutton took the loss, falling to 17-21-5 after allowing 3 goals on 45 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on back-to-back victories after a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders in their last outing. The game was scoreless through most of the first before Joel Armia got the Habs on the board in the dying seconds of the 1st. Shea Weber made it 2-0 and Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal would score 2:19 apart later in the 2nd to push the lead to 4-0, a lead that Montreal would ride through the 2nd and 3rd periods to victory at the final horn. Carey Price got the win to improve to 31-22-5 after stopping all 28 shots faced in the win for his 4th shutout of the season.
Buffalo is 71-162 in their last 233 road games and 8-22 in their last 30 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Montreal is 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 24-9-2 in their last 35 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Buffalo’s playoff lives hang in the balance here, as a loss would pretty much eliminate them from playoff contention. The problem is that Montreal needs this victory just as bad, with Columbus breathing down their necks for the 2nd wild card spot in the east. I just don’t see this as an ideal spot for the Sabres, so I’ll side with Montreal to get the win at home, and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll lay a goal with Montreal to start.