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Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction & Betting Tips 12/9/2023

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Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens 12/9/2023:
  • Take the Sabres on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Preview

Betting on today’s Canadiens and Sabres game? Catch the action at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY, as the Sabres hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on MSG-.

This Atlantic division matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Sabres are favored to win at home vs. the Canadiens. Check out BetCoco for Buffalo Sabres – Montreal Canadiens odds

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Head-to-Head and Key Stats

When looking back on the last three times the Canadiens and Sabres have played each other, Montreal has the edge with a record of 2-1. However, the average scoring differential in these matchups is dead even with each team averaging 3 goals per game.

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
  • Through their last ten home contests, the Sabres offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Buffalo posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 5-5 ATS.
  • The last ten games that Buffalo was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 5-5 while going 3-7 straight up.
  • Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Canadiens have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 2-3.

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction

Going into the game against Buffalo, the Canadiens hold a 11-12-3 record. They have a 3-0-0 record when favored and 8-12-3 as underdogs. On the road this season, they have a 5-4-2 record, while they are 6-8-1 in their games at home.

When looking at their offense, the Canadiens have an average of 2.7 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. This season, the Canadiens are 2-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-11 record.

Goalie Cayden Primeau gets the start and has made five starts this season. His record at this point is 2-3, and his save percentage is 88.6%.

Ahead of their matchup with Montreal, the Sabres have a 11-14-2 record. Their performance when favored is 4-3-0, while they hold a 7-11-2 record as underdogs. On the road, they have gone 6-7-2 this season and are 5-7-0 at home.

Offensively, the Sabres come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 14th position in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Sabres offense is 25th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the NHL.

Heading into this matchup vs. Montreal, goalie Eric Comrie has started seven games in this season. His current record is 1-5, and his save percentage stands at 86.1%.

Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Sabres picking up a 4-3 win.

Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Tips

  • Take the Sabres on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)
  • Our NHL model projects 7 goals, and we suggest taking the under

Buffalo Sabres Injury Report

  • Zemgus Girgensons – Lower Body – Out
  • Alex Tuch – Lower Body – Out
  • Jordan Greenway – Upper Body – Out
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen – Illness – Out
  • Rasmus Dahlin – Lower Body – Questionable
  • Jack Quinn – Achilles – Out

Montreal Canadiens Injury Report

  • Carey Price – Knee – Out
  • David Savard – Hand – Out
  • Chris Wideman – Back – Out
  • Jordan Harris – Lower Body – Out
  • Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Lower Body – Out
  • Kirby Dach – Knee – Out
  • Alex Newhook – Ankle – Out

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