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Clock Ticking on Habs' Playoff Chances

Alex Galchenyuk Montreal Canadiens NHL

The Montreal Canadiens began life after the All-Star break the same way as they entered it: by losing. They’ve now got to put Tuesday’s loss behind them as they entertain the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens are 1-6 SU in their last seven games following a loss in their previous game.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Montreal’s last nine games at home.
  • The Sabres are 1-4 SU in their last five games against teams from the Atlantic Division.

Wayne Simmonds notched a pair of goals and Jakub Voracek tallied three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Habs 4-2 on Tuesday. To add insult to injury, the Flyers leapfrogged the Canadiens in the Eastern standings. Montreal now sits 12th in the standings and is in danger of being passed by the Ottawa Senators.

The Sabres could be the team that fuels a resurgence in Montreal, however. The two have met once this season and the Canadiens put up their best offensive effort of the season, winning 7-2 back on October 23. Defenseman Andrei Makrov recorded one goal and four assists in that game and it was actually one of Mike Condon’s rare starts while Carey Price was healthy, though early reports name Ben Scrivens as Montreal’s starter between the pipes Wednesday.

In addition to that loss back in October, the Sabres have gone just 3-7 SU in their 10 games against the Canadiens.

The clock is ticking on the Canadiens’ season, so if they want the playoffs to be a real possibility, they’ll have to get results sooner rather than later and a game against the bottom feeding Sabres could be the spark that starts a turnaround.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.2-2.2 win for the Sabres. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

24-23-4 Montreal battles the Sabres, currently with a 20-26-4 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 24-19-8 for the Canadiens and 16-21-13 for the Sabres. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Buffalo injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Montreal Canadiens rated this week at No. 27 and the Buffalo Sabres sitting at No. 28.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 11-ranked offense (2.71 goals per game) against a Buffalo Sabres defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.72 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 17.51% rate while the Sabres have a 80.65% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Senators. Bettors on Buffalo at +132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Canadiens were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -117 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Buffalo is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
  • Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Buffalo is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Montreal
  • Montreal is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games
  • Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Buffalo home to Boston, Thursday, February 4th
Montreal home to Edmonton, Saturday, February 6th