The Canadiens have won five of their last six meetings with the Sabres, and they face a Buffalo team that may be without both starting defensemen. Take Montreal as dogs.
The Buffalo Sabres may be without both of their starting defensemen when they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight, which makes the Habs very enticing as underdogs in this spot.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Andrej Sekera is definitely still out and Jaroslav Spacek is currently listed as questionable after missing the game Wednesday with a bad hip. Even if Spacek does give it a go, his mobility may be hindered with such a painful injury.
The Sabres got away with being short-handed Wednesday, shutting out the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0, but they may not be as lucky this time around. Even with that win, Buffalo is still a modest 3-3 in the last six games while scoring exactly two goals in three of them and three goals in the other. In fact, the Sabres are only averaging 2.76 goals per game at home for the entire season, so if they cannot defend, they are usually in deep trouble.
The Canadiens hit a bit of a dry spell recently, but they are coming off of one of their better games in a while, a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Even with their recent slump, Montreal is still a very solid 29-16-6 for the season including 12-11-2 on the road. They have also dominated this head-to-head series, going 5-1 in the last six meetings with two of those wins coming here in Buffalo.
We look for that dominance to continue tonight vs. a depleted Buffalo defense.
Free Pick: Canadiens +115