Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Sabres and Canadiens. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. Get ready to place your bets! The Sabres come into this Atlantic division matchup as the favorite to pick up the win. Currently, the over/under for the game is at 6.5 goals.

BUFFALO SABRES VS MONTREAL CANADIENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montreal Canadiens +1.5

This game will be played at Bell Centre at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE MONTREAL CANADIENS:

  • With the Sabres being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Sabres.
  • Take the Sabres on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Canadiens (+1.5)

Does Buffalo Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

This season, the Sabres have an overall record of 15-19-4. On the road, Buffalo holds a 7-10-3 mark, and they are 8-9-1 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 7th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 14th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Buffalo posted a 18-20 record. On the road they are 12-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 6-12. On average, Buffalo's games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Sabres come in with an over/under record of 16-21-1.

Through their last three road contests, the Sabres offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Buffalo posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.

Offensively, the Sabres come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 11th position in the league. Buffalo's offense comes into the game ranked 29th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the NHL.

Buffalo's current leading scorer is Jeff Skinner. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 31st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Skinner has 12 assists this season.

Entering the game, the Canadiens' defense ranks 30th in takeaways, averaging 5.2 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.

Entering the game, goalie Devon Levi has started 16 games this season. His current record stands at 7-6, and his save percentage is 0.6274509803921569%.

Will Montreal Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

Facing the Sabres, the Canadiens have a record of 16-16-5 so far. At home, their record is 7-9-2 and 9-7-3 on the road. They are currently positioned 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference.

Regarding the puck line, Montreal comes in with a 23-14 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 13-6, while their home record is 10-8. For the season, Montreal's games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 19-17-1.

Montreal has a 1-2 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On offense, the Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. Montreal's offense is currently ranked 14th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the league.

Montreal's current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 12 goals, which puts him 68th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 22 assists so far.

Coming into the game, the Canadiens' defense is 30th in takeaways at 5.2 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 4th in the NHL.

Entering the game, goalie Jake Allen has started 13 games this season. His current record stands at 4-7, and his save percentage is 0.5784313725490197%.