Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction and Betting Odds
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WagerTalk NHL handicapper Kevin Dolan breaks down Thursday night’s Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens showdown in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo captured three of their four regular season meetings last year, and has gotten off to a hot start of offense this season.
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Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Odds
|Thursday, October 27||NHL Betting Notes|
|Moneyline:||Buffalo Sabres -165 vs Montreal Canadiens +140|
|Puckline:||Sabres -1.5 (+145) / Canadiens +1.5 (-170)|
|Total:||6.5 (Over -125 / Under +105)|
|Arena:||KeyBank Center in Buffalo (Odds Above Courtesy of DraftKings)|
|Game Time:||7:05pm ET / 4:05pm PT|
Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Analysis
The Montreal Canadiens will look to get their season back on track on Thursday night coming off back-to-back home defeats. Buffalo similarly returns home after getting blasted by the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night via a 5-1 margin.
The Sabres have performed much better at home this year, beating the Ottawa Senators by a three-goal margin in their opening game of the season, along with running a very good Florida Panthers team close in their very next game.
Buffalo won three of its four regular season meetings with Montreal last year, scoring an average of 4.67 goals per game across those three wins.
Jake Allen Still Performing Well For The Canadiens
Despite an overall losing record on the season so far, Jake Allen’s goalkeeping numbers have still been rock-solid this season.
The Fredericton native ranks top-20 in the league this season in terms of overall save percentage and GSAA average, but unfortunately serves as the final line of defense on a Montreal team that ranks 26th in the league on overall high-danger scoring chances allowed this season.
Buffalo’s Lethal Conversion Percentage
The Buffalo Sabres have a reason to be optimistic this year after opening up the season with the league’s best overall shots-to-goal conversion percentage, along with having the league’s third-best high-danger conversion percentage as well.
The Sabres are converting a ridiculously high 14.2-percent of their scoring opportunities this season (Montreal has converted just 8.33-percent of theirs as a comparison) and 15.6-percent of all their high-danger scoring opportunities. Detroit and Calgary are the only two teams boasting better overall high-danger conversion rates than Buffalo this season.
Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction
We can only look towards taking the Buffalo Sabres here on Thursday night in a spot we expect them to roll in against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens have a miserable 29.4-percent win rate away from home going all the way back to last season, and have won just one of their last six visits to Buffalo.
Buffalo is putting up some extremely impressive offensive numbers this season, and we expect them to continue those here on Thursday night against the Canadiens as well. Take the Buffalo Sabres to win outright on Thursday at home against the Montreal Canadiens.
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Puck Time | NHL Betting Preview for October 27
Join Andrew McInnis, Carmine Bianco and Bryan Leonard for Thursday’s edition of Puck Time as our panel of professional hockey handicappers break down tonight’s NHL betting card. Each of Washington’s last four games have seen 7+ goals, while only one of Dallas’ seven games have reached that number. Something has to give on Thursday night. Join the Puck Time crew every week day at 11am ET / 8am PT as we discuss the NHL betting slate from a variety of handicapping angles.
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Meet the Author
‘The sharpest sports mind in Ireland’ is how one prominent newspaper dubbed Kevin Dolan after he became the first foreigner ever to win the World Series of Handicapping tournament back in 2015. “The Irishman” made his start wagering on GAA, football, soccer and boxing, all to immense success.
Since becoming a professional bettor, he has since lit up the sports betting scene in the U.S. and abroad, winning two handicapping awards and writing a best-selling book on sports handicapping named ‘The Complete Guide to Sports Betting’.
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