The Montreal Canadiens (8-5-2) meet Buffalo Sabres (7-6-2) at the Bell Centre on Thursday evening.
The Habs come into the game on the back of a disappointing 5-3 loss on the road at the New York Rangers on Tuesday evening, having led 3-1 late in the second and allowing three goals without reply in the final period. Tomas Tatar scored two goals for the Habs, while Jeff Petry and Brendan Gallagher both provided two assists.
The Canadiens are averaging 3.10 Goals per game, leaving them 16th overall, while they are allowing 3.0 Goals per Game to leave them 15th in the standings. Max Domi scored one goal for the Canadiens against the Rangers and he leads the way for Points (16) and Goals (nine) for the Habs this season.
The Sabres haven’t played since Sunday, when they were also on the receiving end of a loss (3-1) to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Their one goal came from Conor Sheary.
The Sabres are averaging 2.90 Goals per Game, which leaves them 22nd in the standings. They are also allowing 2.90 Goals per Game defensively, which leaves them 13th overall. Jeff Skinner has nine goals for the Sabres this season, while Jack Eichel has 17 Points, including 13 assists.
There’s not much to choose between these two teams so far this season, so NHL predictions are not easy. However, the Canadiens look to have the edge in form going into this game and, with home-ice advantage, they are our picks to win on the Money Line.
Pick: Money Line – Montreal Canadiens @ -135 (William Hill)