Sabres vs. Canadiens Odds, Preview, Prediction: Betting Guide to This Atlantic Division Matchup (October 14)
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Sabres at Canadiens Odds
|Over/Under||6 (+100 / -120)|
|Time||7:00 p.m. ET|
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The Canadiens will play for the second straight night and cross the Canadian border for their first regular-season game since March 2020 — though they did play three games in Florida against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Sabres finished dead last in the NHL in points (37) and are coming off a tumultuous offseason in which they stripped star center Jack Eichel of the captaincy.
Buffalo will open its first full season under coach Don Granato after he went 9-16-3 in his 28 games behind the bench.
The Sabres are coming off a season in which they finished with the fewest goals-for percentage (38.84) and finished with the second-fewest goals scored and third-most allowed.
They added veteran goalie Craig Anderson, who played just four games for the Washington Capitals last season, but posted a .944 five-on-five save percentage and .833 high-danger save percentage at even strength.
Montreal will still be without starting goalie Carey Price, but Jake Allen looked solid making 28 saves in the Canadiens’ season-opening 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
If backup goalie Sam Montembeault gets the nod, it will be his first NHL start since March 1, 2020.
The Canadiens struggled to generate offense against the Maple Leafs, registering just eight, five-on-five high-danger chances despite throwing 32 shots at Toronto goalie Jack Campbell.
The Sabres should definitely have trouble scoring, especially without Eichel, and the Canadiens might have a hard time putting the puck in the net if Wednesday is any indication.
Montreal would prefer to play a stingy, low-scoring style under head coach Dom Ducharme anyway. The under is a safe call, especially if it stays around -115.
Pick: Under 6 (-120)