The Canadiens are essentially chasing an NHL Wild Card playoff spot, so they can ill-afford to be losing games against the likes of the Sabres. They had a game on home-ice against the New York Islanders on Thursday evening prior to this and before that they had an important 3-1 win on the road at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening.
The Canadiens are averaging 2.92 Goals per Game at present, which places them tied 18th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.92 Goals per Game (tied 12th overall). Brendan Gallagher has 31 goals this season, while Max Domi has contributed 39 assists to date.
A 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on home-ice on Sunday afternoon broke a seven-game losing streak for the Sabres, but that barren run of results has ruled them out of the playoffs. The remaining games in the regular season are about little more than pride. The Sabres had a game on home-ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday evening.
The Sabres are averaging 2.71 Goals per Game (24th overall), while defensively they are allowing 3.19 Goals per Game (23rd overall). Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals for the Sabres, while Jack Eichel has recorded 47 assists.
As for NHL betting predictions in this game, the Canadiens have more to play for and the benefit of home-ice, plus the Sabres are currently in poor form, so the Habs have to be the tips on the Money Line odds to win here.
Pick: Money Line – Montreal Canadiens