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Sabres Continue to Pursue Playoff Spot

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/10/2013 7:12:18 PM

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres – Thursday April 11, 2013 7:30PM EST

The Montreal Canadiens already know that they will be playing in the postseason. The sports betting online experts are wondering if Montreal will make the push to take over the top spot in the Eastern Conference, or if the Canadiens will remain focused on staying ahead of the Bruins in the Northeast Division standings. Montreal has a lot of expectations heading into the playoffs that will make this a very competitive team. In the meantime, the Canadiens will continue to work on improving its road record to prepare for the playoffs.

The Buffalo Sabres are only four points out of a playoff spot with eight games to go. The problem that the sportsbook experts see for the Sabres is that when Buffalo does win a game, it is usually in a shootout. When the season is over, the first tie-breaker is the number of wins in regulation or overtime. That means the Sabres could tie for that eighth spot, but lose out on the playoffs because they did not win enough games in regulation. To solve that problem, the Sabres will probably have to win at least six of its last eight games in regulation. The test is difficult with the Canadiens coming to town.

Why the Canadiens Will Win

The Montreal Canadiens have had the Buffalo Sabres’ number for a long time now. Even when the Canadiens were struggling over the past few seasons, they were still able to hand the Sabres the occasional crushing defeat. The betting public definitely sees the Canadiens as a threat in the Eastern Conference this season and that is bad news for the Buffalo Sabres. Montreal plays a very aggressive and high-paced game that could cause a lot of problems for the often confused Buffalo Sabres.

Why the Sabres Will Win

The Boston Bruins have lost only two games at home this season, but both of those losses came at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres can turn it on when they want to and they have Steve Ott and Patrick Kaleta to push the physical envelope in each game. Buffalo has also been playing tough guy John Scott a lot more lately and Scott has shown that he may even have a scoring touch to go along with all of that strength. This Buffalo team is desperate and unpredictable, which makes them a problem for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bottom Line

The Sabres need wins just to make the playoffs, while the Montreal Canadiens are more worried about securing their Northeast Division lead. The Sabres have shown that, when pushed up against a wall, they have the ability to come out swinging. Montreal will need to be on its toes for this game and, even then, that may not be enough to come out of Buffalo with a win over these desperate and hungry Buffalo Sabres.

Pick: Buffalo Sabres

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