Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens - 2/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens - 2/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (11-33-7) vs Buffalo Sabres (16-27-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +150 / Buffalo Sabres +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Buffalo Sabres in Wednesday NHL Action

The Buffalo Sabres come into this road contest with an overall record of 16-27-8. Through 51 games, the Sabres are 7th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 138 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Buffalo is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.55 goals per game. So far, the Sabres have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Buffalo Sabres with an overall record of 11-33-7. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 51 games, the Canadiens have scored 117 goals, giving them an average of 2.25. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.86 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 51 games, the Buffalo Sabres' leading goal scorer is Jeff Skinner. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 36. On the season, he is turning 13.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sabres have benefited from the strong play of Tage Thompson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Buffalo's 51 games, he has come up with 20 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.7%. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -8.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 2.91 goals per game. In his 11 games played, he has turned in 6 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In Montreal's 51 games, he has come up with 9 goals and 21 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Of his 12 goals, 0.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -20 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 46% percent of the time.

In terms of betting, the Sabres are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 11-40. These struggles against the spread are also taking place on the road, as they have covered just 6 of their 26 road games. On the season, the Buffalo Sabres have a per-game scoring differential of -0.86. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -1.12 goals. As the Buffalo Sabres get set to take on the Canadiens, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 18 goals, accounting for 46.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Canadiens to take advantage of playing a struggling Sabres unit. I recommend taking Montreal to pick up the win.

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