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Hockey Free Picks: Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 18 March 2013 22:27

Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens PicksBuffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens – Saturday March 23, 2013 7:00PM EST

Some fans of the Buffalo Sabres are waiting to see if their team can climb back into the Eastern Conference playoffs with a string of impressive wins. The online sportsbook experts are waiting for time and a series of predictable losses to put the Buffalo Sabres out of its misery and get the team back on the track of hunting down that elusive Stanley Cup championship that new owner Terry Pegula promised the fans two years ago. It looks like the team will be put out its misery with a road loss to the Canadiens this weekend.

This game would not represent any kind of mathematical elimination of the Sabres from playoff contention, but it would leave the team almost dead last in the Eastern Conference with less than 20 games to play in the season.

The online betting experts figure that the Sabres will be so far out of playoff contention by the end of this weekend that any attempts to revive the team would be futile. The Montreal Canadiens would probably be able to win this game without breaking much of a sweat as most of the competitive fire has been completely extinguished in the Buffalo Sabres.


Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens remain a very well-disciplined and balanced hockey team. The bookmaker betting software is impressed with the play of goaltender Carey Price this season and the Montreal defense has also made huge advances since last season. The Canadiens can now hit with the best teams in the league and still skate circles around the others. The balanced attack that Montreal offers will be something that the Sabres will be completely unable to handle in this game. This game would be a good time for the Canadiens to start giving ice time to its third and fourth lines in anticipation of the playoffs.

Buffalo Sabres

A 5dimes review of the Sabres’ organization shows that wholesale changes will be needed if this team is going to compete for a championship. When this season has ended, fans in Buffalo can expect some familiar names to be gone from the roster as the team attempts to build a winner from the ground up. The changes will be a lot for fans to digest, but they will be necessary as the team attempts to make good on its championship promise. In this game, fans will get several examples of why the majority of this team deserves to be shipped off to other teams.

The Bottom Line

After exclaiming that he wanted to build a hockey Heaven in Buffalo, Terry Pegula has created hockey hell for the fans of the team. The one redeeming thing about this game is that it will be a road game for the Sabres and one less chance for the team to hear the rain of boos that have become commonplace from its own fans.

My Pick: Montreal Canadiens

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