Sabres open as moneyline underdog vs Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Odds
Buffalo pays a visit to Montreal on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Canadiens bats in hockey action at Bell Centre.
The Canadiens sport records of 20-5-5 heading into this matchup, while the Sabres sit at 12-15-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-13 for the Canadiens and 16-13-2 for the Sabres.
The Canadiens were listed earlier today as -205 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including , while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.
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.
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 20.9% rate while the Sabres have a 77.9% rate on the penalty kill.
The Sabres were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.
The Canadiens were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -135 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Sabres at Canadiens trends to consider:
Buffalo is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Buffalo is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo's last 10 games when playing on the road against Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Buffalo's last 18 games when playing Montreal
Montreal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Montreal's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 10 games when playing at home against Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Montreal's last 18 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, March 26
Montreal at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 26