The Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1) visit the Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1) Wednesday at KeyBank Center for a 7 p.m. ET faceoff. Below is a breakdown of the Canadiens-Sabres gambling odds with sports betting tips on the moneyline, spread and over/under, along with suggested bets.
Canadiens at Sabres: Previous games
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Canadiens: Overcame a three-goal deficit and won at the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in a shootout Saturday. This is their third consecutive road game before making their 2019-20 home debut Thursday.
Sabres: Lost at the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in OT Monday.
Canadiens at Sabres: Projected starting goalies
Keith Kinkaid vs. Carter Hutton
With Montreal slated for its home opener Thursday, expect Kinkaid to make his first start with the Canadiens. The Farmingville, N.Y. native, who signed as a free agent in July, was 15-18-6 with a .891 SV% and a 3.36 GAA in 41 games for the New Jersey Devils last season. Career vs. Sabres: 3-1 with a .931 SV% (stopping 108 of 116 shots) with a 2.00 GAA in four games, including 0-1 last season – a 5-1 loss at Buffalo Jan. 8.
Hutton started the first two games – both wins – stopping 46 of 49 shots. Last season: 18-25-5 with .908 SV% and a 3.00 GAA in 50 games. Career vs. Canadiens: 4-1-2 with an .918 SV% (saving 167 of 182 shots) and a 2.37 GAA in eight games, including 3-1 last season.
Canadiens at Sabres: By the numbers
- The Sabres went 3-1 vs. the Canadians last season, a significant turnaround after getting swept in four the season before.
- The Habs are 2-0 vs. the puck line this season, while the Sabres are 3-0.
- The Habs are 1-1 vs. the moneyline; the Sabres are 2-1.
- The Habs are 2-0 O/U so far, while the Sabres are 2-1.
- RW Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with three points (1 G, 2 A).
- Sabres D Rasmus Dahlin leads the team with five points (1 G, 4 A), while RW Victor Olofsson is the top goal-scorer with three.
- The Habs are 2-for-6 on the power play; the Sabres are 6-for-10, tops in the league.
- The Habs are 6-for-8 on the penalty kill; the Sabres are 7-for-10.
Canadiens at Sabres: Key injuries
Canadiens: C Nick Cousins (lower body) is day to day.
Sabres: LW Conor Sheary (upper body) is day to day. D Brandon Montour (hand) is out a couple of weeks
Canadiens at Sabres: Odds, picks and betting tips
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Moneyline : The SABRES ( -115) are the STRONGEST PLAY. Look for them to rebound after dropping their first game of the season Monday in Columbus. The Canadiens are +106.
Puck line : The Sabres (- 1.5, +230) are worth a small wager. They dominated in their previous home game, routing the New Jersey Devils 7-2 Saturday. Look for another rockin’ night in Buffalo. But keep in mind that both games the Canadiens ( +1.5, -295) have played so far ended in shootouts.
Over/under : The OVER 5.5 ( -125) is the way to go. Three of the four head-to-head meetings last season finished over. Expect more of the same Wednesday, especially with the Sabres at home.
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