Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Vegas Lines, NHL Picks and Predictions


Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
30-31-8 (10-20-4 V)
7:00 pm ET, Thursday, March 12, 2020
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
31-31-9 (14-17-6 H)
TV: MSG-Buffalo, RDS, TSN2
Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Vegas Lines, NHL Picks and Predictions

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Today's Odds

Time Gm# Team Opener Bovada BOnline Public MyBookie
03/12
4:08p
75
76
Buffalo
Montreal
6u-115
-144/+124
6u-115
-155/+135
6u-120
-150/+136
u95%
79%
6u-115
-160/+135

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Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Match Preview

Even a night when they honored a franchise icon was not enough to end the home woes of the Montreal Canadiens, who will miss the playoffs for a third straight season barring a miraculous finish. Coming off a third consecutive defeat, the sputtering Canadiens take aim at their first regulation home win in more than a month against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Montreal honored the late Henri Richard on Tuesday before turning in another listless performance in a 4-2 loss to Nashville to drop 10 points out of both the second wild card and third place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens surrendered four goals in just over 15 minutes in what coach Claude Julien termed a "catastrophic" second period Tuesday that sent the team to its 23rd loss in 37 games (14-17-6) at Bell Centre. The Sabres are only three points behind Montreal for fifth place in the division after snapping a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over Washington on Monday. "I thought we showed a lot of character," coach Ralph Krueger said. "It's been tough slugging here of late. We're not getting anything for free."

The division rival Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens are set to renew hostilities on Thursday when they meet at Bell Centre.

Oddsmakers opened the Canadiens as -145-moneyline favorites versus the Sabres, while the game's total opened at 6.

In their last action, Montreal was a 4-2 loser at home against the Predators. Bettors on Nashville at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Capitals on March 09. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +139 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres

ABOUT THE SABRES (30-31-8): Captain Jack Eichel halted a seven-game point drought -- his longest since entering the league -- with his career best 36th goal, but Buffalo is getting solid production from the No. 2 line of Victor Olofsson, Marcus Johansson and Dominik Kahun. Olofsson became the team's first rookie with 20 goals since Eichel and Sam Reinhart (2015-16) on an assist from Johansson while Kahun delivered the decisive tally in the shootout. "We've created a lot of chances and scored a couple goals. So hopefully we can keep that going," Johansson said.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (31-31-9): Montreal has been outscored 12-3 in during a three-game slide that coincided with an injury to leading scorer Tomas Tatar, so the hope is for a return to the lineup for Jonathan Drouin, who is seeking to play Thursday for the first time since Feb. 25. Backup netminder Charlie Lindgren may be unavailable after taking a shot high off the chest during Wednesday's practice and exiting in obvious pain. Lindgren, who has started two of the past five games, was being evaluated by the team's medical staff, according to Julien.

 

7:00 PM ET W/L ATS Money H A O/U
Buffalo 30-31-6-2 37-32 -165 20-11-2-2 10-20-4-0 32-33
Montreal 31-31-8-1 32-39 -921 14-17-6-0 17-14-2-1 34-35

 

Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres Stats

Team Record Money Offense Defense Fave Dog O/U
Buffalo 30-31-8 -560.00 2.83 3.14 10-8 18-29 32-33-4
Montreal 31-31-9 -984.00 2.99 3.11 14-20 14-19 33-35-3

Last 5 Games

Buffalo Sabres

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Mar 9, 2020 WAS 3-2 W 135 26 35 1/3 1/1 Braden Holtby H
Mar 7, 2020 PHI 1-3 L 180 39 24 0/4 3/3 Carter Hart A
Mar 5, 2020 PIT 2-4 L 150 30 32 0/3 2/3 Matt Murray H
Mar 3, 2020 WPG 1-3 L 140 26 35 0/2 2/3 Connor Hellebuyck A
Feb 29, 2020 ARI 2-5 L 165 27 31 0/2 2/2 Antti Raanta A

Montreal Canadiens

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Mar 10, 2020 NAS 2-4 L -105 34 36 0/2 3/4 Juuse Saros H
Mar 7, 2020 FLA 1-4 L 130 34 32 0/3 3/3 Chris Driedger A
Mar 5, 2020 TB 0-4 L 170 32 23 0/3 2/3 Andrei Vasilevskiy A
Mar 3, 2020 NYI 6-2 W 125 27 22 0/0 3/4 Thomas Greiss A
Feb 29, 2020 CAR 4-3 W -115 39 30 0/3 2/2 Alex Nedeljkovic H

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Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Fantasy Props Full List

Game Lines

Match
Moneyline Puck Line Total
Buffalo Sabres +1.5 (-180) +135 O 6.0 (-105)
Montreal Canadiens -1.5 (+160) -155 U 6.0 (-115)
DRAW - - -
1st Period
Moneyline Puck Line Total
Buffalo Sabres +0.5 (-190) +120 O 1.5 (-125)
Montreal Canadiens -0.5 (+145) -160 U 1.5 (-105)
DRAW - - -
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3-Way Moneyline

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