Last Updated: 2019-10-09
A couple of clubs itching to get at it, the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres open the season at the KeyBank Center in an Atlantic Division showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 9, and you’ll be able to see the game live on Sportsnet.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres Odds
Montreal (-105) is currently the underdog to Buffalo (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
The Montreal Canadiens went 44-38 straight up (SU) last season, while the Buffalo Sabres finished just 33-49.
The Canadiens managed to score 3.04 goals per game on offense (34.1 shot attempts per game), while the defense allowed 2.88 goals per contest. Opponents attempted 31.1 shots per game on the Canadiens last year.
Behind an offense that managed 32.9 shot attempts per outing, the Sabres were able to tally 2.76 goals/game. They allowed 33.0 shots and 3.30 goals per game on defense.
The Canadiens were successful on 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities during the 2018-19 season. They managed to kill off 80.9 percent of all opposition power plays.
The Sabres converted on an impressive 19.5 percent of their extra-man advantages and killed off 80.8 percent of the power plays their defense faced.
Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Sabres, O/U – Over
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The Sabres were 5-3 in in shootouts last season while Canadiens went 3-0 in games decided by shootout.
Montreal skaters recorded 26.9 hits per game last season, while the Sabres posted 19.1 hits per contest.