There wasn’t much of anything on the docket last night in the NHL, as the only game available was the Oilers vs. Predators. The game was a thriller as the Predators ousted the Oilers 1-0 in OT. At least Edmonton gets a point for effort in that game; nothing has been going their way otherwise. Keep a watchful eye on the Predators the rest of the season. They are quietly accumulating an impressive resume early on this year. I am sure most people were watching Colin Kaepernick make a fool out of himself against the Seahawks rather than watching the Preds game. Rewinding back to Wednesday night, where we needed and got a 2-0 night as both bets were comfortable wins for us. The Pens edged the Leafs out in OT, 4-3, for the win on the OVER, and then the Jets and Sabres predictably played to a low scoring final, 2-1, in Buffalo. I had back out to Buffalo tonight as the Canadiens pay a visit to a place where is getting a much needed break from the snow.
Perhaps the weather forecast looks better for the city, but the forecast for the Sabres is going to continue to look depressing for the rest of the season. There aren’t many things guaranteed in sports, but the Sabres finishing as the worst team in the NHL looks almost certain. This may be an ongoing thing for the next few seasons in Buffalo until draft picks start to catch up to them and they begin to put some talent on the ice. They are going to have a number of high draft picks at their disposal, so they better make use of them. They have already had high picks in previous recent seasons, and we expect them to keep coming for the Sabres. So hopefully for their sake they put it together after some talent makes it way on the ice. As it is now, that is hard to find on this Sabres’ roster. We’ll see if they can come up with anything against the Canadiens tonight at home.
Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres
Generally the Canadiens are a team that the Sabres have played hard against in previous meetings. Am I allowed to say that for a team that has lost five six to their competitors? For the Sabres I’ll let it slide, because playing hard is all you can ask from the Sabres these days. In their last five games the Sabres at least gave Montreal a brief scare, as none of their wins were by more than 2 goals, and in their last the Sabres fell in a shootout. I am trying to look anywhere to say something good about a team that is averaging 1.59 goals per game, dead last in the NHL. Buffalo is also averaging only 23 shots on net per game, again last in the league. Their defense has improved of late, as in their last four games, where they have looked much better, allowed only 1.5 goals per game. Winnipeg was a huge test for their offense the other night, a test in which they failed, and tonight they’ll go against a credible Canadien defense.
At 16-6-1, 1st in the NHL, the Canadiens have definitely been doing something right this season. It starts with their presence on the defensive end, where the Canadiens are allowing 2.48 goals a game. The Canadiens are winners 8 out of their last 10 games, which started with that shootout win over the Sabres. They got roughed up in a losing 5-0 effort against the Rangers in their last outing. If there is any area the Canadiens have to improve on it is in the goal scoring department. They are scoring 2.48 a game, same as they are allowing defensively. While 2.48 is a serviceable amount of goals, I don’t know if anyone is going to take them entirely seriously before they have a more powerful offense. This is a series that most typically falls UNDER the total. In the last five games the UNDER has gone 4-0-1. Looking at a bigger sample size, the UNDER is 6-3-1 their last 10. I already banked on this bet in their last meeting, let’s try and do it again tonight on the UNDER 5.
Pick – UNDER 5 GOALS (-105) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)