Free Picks: Canadiens Hold The Edge Due To Home Record Over Sabres

Dana Lane

Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:26 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016 4:26 PM GMT

The Sabres are out of the playoff race, but have been solid on the road. They face the Canadiens, who need a miracle to make the playoffs, but winning could put them back in the NHL odds boards. 

Canadiens Overview
The Montreal Canadiens can finally hold their head up, at home, as they bring a 18-11-3 home record into this one. Their 18 wins is good for 13th in home wins. For as much as they've had to overcome this season that's very respectable. Many think that a 0-3-1 road trip was the final nail in the coffin for Montreal but with a four game home stretch it isn't likely, but still possible, they could make a run. 

The homestand started off on a positive note when Montreal beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime, Tuesday. With Dallas being one of the better teams in the league it seemed Montreal took their season long frustrations out on a quality opponent, outhitting them 40-28. Montreal is now 6-0-1 in their last 7 at home. 

The resurgence of Alex Galchenyuk has been a much needed offensive lift for the Habs. Of Montreal's top eight scorers, three are injured and two were traded to Chicago February 26th. His efforts combined with Andrei Markov, who has seven points against Buffalo this season, gives me confidence that Montreal will find enough offense in this one. 

Montreal will start Ben Scrivens who probably has a personal revenge motive. In their last meeting Buffalo scored three times on eight shots in 21:28. Scrivens is coming off a 30 save winning effort against the Stars. If he can keep the Stars in check you would figure that Buffalo won't be a problem, making the Canadians the one NHL pick of this game fore sure. 

 

Sabres Summary
Buffalo's starting goaltender, Robin Lehner, is coming off a horrible start against the New York Rangers after allowing three goals on 14 shots before being pulled 6:05 into the second period. 

If you're a revenge player, then this is your game. The Buffalo Sabres have had as much success at the Bell Centre as anyone in the league lately; they own an incredible 10-3 record in their last 13 visits and five of their last six. Check the NHL odds boards to see where to place your vengace bet safely. 

 

Final Thoughts
Buffalo is coming off a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers, Tuesday. The Sabres appeared a a little tired coming out of the dressing room although they did turn it up in the second and third period. If you remember, the Sabres had to come back from a two goal deficit in Toronto the previous night before clawing their way back to win 4-3 in a shootout. Head Coach, Dan Bylsma, needs to find a different formula to motivate his team. I can't rely on the Buffalo Sabres to come back every night after playing an uninspired opening period; the lines for the game do not seem to rely that much on the Sabers either. 

I know Montreal's season has been a disappointment since Carey Price went down but the Sabres haven't been considered play in a long time. Their 52-118 record over the last couple of season's is not providing any confidence to back them in many scenarios. 

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Free NHL Pick: Canadiens -150
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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