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Hockey Matchup - Buffalo Sabres Montreal Canadiens Odds Preview

Montreal Canadiens

Buffalo Sabres
35-25-7 March 16, 2014, 07:00 PM | First Niagara Center 19-40-8

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Montreal duelling Buffalo on Sunday at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo battles the Canadiens, currently with a 35-25-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 23-33-11 for the Sabres and 22-35-10 for the Canadiens. View Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Sabres rated this week at No. 29 and the Canadiens sitting at No. 17.

Montreal won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Senators on March 15. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -145 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Islanders on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at -145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 1.97 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.56 goals allowed. The Sabres power play is averaging 14.35% while the Canadiens defense kills off 84.98% of their penalties.

Next up:
Montreal home to Colorado, Tuesday, March 18th
Buffalo at Calgary, Tuesday, March 18th