Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/24/2014
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 4:30 PM on TSN, RDS, MSG
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
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The last game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens resulted in a 2-0 shutout for the Canadiens. Rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski was called up to replace multiple injured goalies for Montreal and rewarded them with his first NHL shutout. This was the first game that Montreal played after being the first NHL team to come back from being three goals down with under five minutes remaining to win a game.
All of the scoring was done in the first period in this one, with Dale Weise scoring his fourth of the season and Brendan Gallagher tallying his 17th. Buffalo had 27 shots in the game, so they certainly had their chances. They just couldn't find a way to get the puck past Tokarski.
The win helped the Canadiens move up in the standings in the East, while the Sabres stayed put at the bottom of the division. This was the sixth consecutive regulation loss in a row for Buffalo, their worst since they had a seven-game streak in 2003.
Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth had to leave the game in the second period after Gallagher collided into him in front of the net. Enroth stayed motionless on the ice for a few minutes, but was able to get to the bench under his own power. He did not return to the game and was replaced by Nathan Lieuwen.
Buffalo is 8-26 straight up on the road this season
Buffalo is 10-19-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Montreal is 20-17 straight up at home this season
Montreal is 11-19-6 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/23/14 GO Michal Neuvirth Lower Body questionable Tuesday vs Montreal
03/18/14 D Tyler Myers Elbow out indefinitely
03/17/14 GO Jhonas Enroth Leg expected to miss 7-10 days
03/14/14 D Alexander Sulzer Concussion expected to miss at least a week
03/08/14 RW Chris Stewart Ankle out for season
10/17/13 D Davis Drewiske Shoulder out 5-6 months
03/21/14 LW Brandon Prust Ribs out indefinitely
03/15/14 LW Michael Bournival Concussion out indefinitely
03/11/14 D Josh Gorges Hand expected to miss 4 weeks
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal
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