The centre of the universe is hosting an all-Ontario game Saturday but over in the Bell Centre, Montreal is looking to pad its lead in the Atlantic standings against a Buffalo Sabres team that have just one win in their past eight games
Let’s go Buffaloooooo! Not……
Chirper’s Corner is looking to rebound after doubting my Habs last week. It seems like the Leafs are already on their Christmas Holidays….. Gotta beat that holiday rush, I guess! Let’s get back on the horse with a ‘W’ in Saturday’s game of the night!
BUFFALO at MONTREAL
Best NHL Odds: Habs -250 and 5 OV (-104)
This matchup looks a lot like Montreal’s home game against the Leafs last week. Buffalo has played well at the Bell Centre, going 7-1 in its past eight visits. And just like Toronto they seem like a team who might be due for an upset – but I’m not getting sucked into that vortex again. This time I’ve put down my pipe…
The cream is slowly rising to the top. This battle between the division leaders and the bargain basement dealers is on like Donkey Kong! The additions of Pat Lafontaine and Ted Nolan have not been able to fit together the pieces of a crumbled Buffalo puzzle in short time. The problems here lie deeper than a “back of house” change up. Lowly offence ranked last in scoring (1.59 GPG) and terrible defense are a deadly combo that has this club wishing it was April. You can scrape by with one or the other not firing on all cylinders but Miller can’t do it all and his play over the past year and a half tells me he wants out.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Buffalo is averaging 0.15 first period goals per game on the road this season and since January 3, 2010 the Sabres have only scored twice in the first 20 minutes at the Bell Centre in 11 games[/quote_text]
Potential starters from Team USA and Team Canada is why I was originally circling this game as an under play tonight but it looks like the Sabres could be going with Jhonas Enroth. Ryan Miller is 25-11-6 with a 2.35 goals against average (GAA) in his career vs. the Habs while Enroth is 3-0 with a .922 save percentage in limited action vs. Montreal. Carey Price is 11-9-7 with a 2.00 GAA lifetime when facing the Sabres and he’s been confirmed as tonight’s starter. Get back on the Chirper train with a victory tonight!
Chirper’s Pick: Sabres and Habs UNDER 5 goals -104 (***out of *****)