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NHL Game Preview - Sabres underdogs vs Canadiens at Montreal

Buffalo Sabres

Montreal Canadiens
6-21-2 December 07, 2013, 07:00 PM | Bell Centre 18-9-3

Buffalo pays a visit to Montreal on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Canadiens snipers in hockey action at Bell Centre.

The Sabres will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 6-21-2 this season, while the Canadiens are 18-9-3. Buffalo is 8-16-5 on the totals; Montreal is 8-19-3.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Montreal sat as -242 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Canadiens rated this week at No. 10 and the Sabres sitting at No. 30.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-1 loser at home against the Rangers. Bettors on New York at -165 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Bruins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at +110 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 2.73 goals per game, against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.03 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 22.94% while the Sabres defense kills off 78.12% of their penalties.

A few Sabres at Canadiens trends to consider:
Buffalo is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Montreal
Montreal is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Montreal is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Montreal's last 21 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo home to Ottawa, Tuesday, December 10th
Montreal home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, December 10th