|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NHLLet's take a look at the Friday night matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres. The game at First Niagara Center is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM ET, and will be televised on MSG, RDS, and SportsNet. Currently, the Canadiens are favored to win this game on the road.
The Canadiens are 27-24-3-1 SU and 27-28 ATS so far this season. They are 12-13-1-1 on the road, and 27 of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other 20 going UNDER. They are coming off of a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, where they won as +113 home underdogs. The total went OVER the 5 goal line set by sports betting experts in that one.
The Sabres are 21-28-2-4 SU and 36-19 ATS overall this year. They are 9-16-1-2 at home, and 19 of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other 22 all going UNDER. They are coming off of a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, where they lost as +140 road underdogs. The total went OVER the 5 goal line set by NHL betting sites for that matchup.
Montreal is 5-0 on Friday night, and 8-21 overall recently. They are 2-7 coming off of a win, and 1-5 on the road lately.
The total has gone OVER in 3 of their last 5 against the Atlantic Division, and OVER in 5 of their last 7 against teams with a losing record. The total has gone OVER in 9 of their last 16 games on Friday night, and OVER in 5 of their last 8 games against Eastern Conference teams.
Buffalo is 31-75 overall recently, and 37-86 against teams with a losing record overall. They are 13-28 at home against teams with a losing record on the road, and 19-48 against the Eastern Conference. They are 14-37 at home, and 5-17 on Friday night.
The total has gone OVER in 3 of their last 5 games overall, and UNDER in 3 of their last 6 games on Friday night. The total has gone OVER in 3 of their last 7 at home, and OVER in 3 of their last 5 against the Eastern Conference.
Between these teams, the Canadiens are 1-4 lately, and 5-1 when playing in Buffalo. The road team is 4-0 in this series recently. The total has gone UNDER in 19 of their last 30 meetings, and UNDER in 4 of their last 4 matchups in Buffalo.
They last met on February 3, 2016, when the Sabres won 4-2, and won as +135 road underdogs. The total went OVER the 5 goal line set by the sportsbook for that game.
For Friday night's matchup, the betting odds list the Canadiens as -1 ½ goal road favorites. The over/under is set at 5 goals. On the moneyline, Montreal is a -130, while Buffalo is listed at +110.