Buffalo Sabres home to Canadiens in hockey betting action
Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres Odds
First Niagara Center hosts an NHL battle between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Supporters of the Canadiens have seen them go 25-9-5 so far this season, while the Sabres are at 16-18-6. In totals betting, the Sabres are 19-18-3, while the Canadiens are 19-20.
The visitors opened as 120 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
The Sabres sit at No. 27 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 2 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 16-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 11.9% rate while the Canadiens have a 82.2% rate on the penalty kill.
Montreal lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Capitals on April 9. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +142 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
The Sabres were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Winnipeg at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Winnipeg are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
A few Canadiens at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Montreal's last 11 games on the road
Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Montreal's last 19 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Montreal
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Buffalo's last 19 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home
Montreal at Toronto, Saturday, April 13
Buffalo home to Philadelphia, Saturday, April 13