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Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres Preview

Buffalo SabresMontreal Canadiens
March 19, 7:30 PM | Bell Centre

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

10-15-4TEAM RECORD19-5-4

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Buffalo duelling Montreal on Tuesday at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens sport records of 19-5-4 heading into this matchup, while the Sabres sit at 10-15-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-12 for the Canadiens and 15-12-2 for the Sabres.

View Buffalo vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Montreal sat as -178 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Canadiens and the No. 29-ranked Sabres, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 5-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.2 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 20.3% rate while the Sabres have a 78.4% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Capitals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -126 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Montreal was a 2-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Devils. They won as -123 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Sabres at Canadiens trends to consider:
Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Buffalo is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Buffalo's last 9 games when playing on the road against Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Buffalo's last 17 games when playing Montreal
Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montreal's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 9 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Montreal's last 17 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo home to Toronto, Thursday, March 21
Montreal at NY Islanders, Thursday, March 21