The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center. The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after winning five of their last six games.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 42 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 74 goals on 888 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 90 goals on 901 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tage Thompson leads Buffalo with 27 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 30 assists and Jeff Skinner has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 61 goals on 646 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 64 goals on 664 shots.
The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Sabres are 18-37 in their last 55 home games and 34-77 in their last 111 overall. The over is 8-1 in Capitals last 9 overall. The over is 8-3-1 in Sabres last 12 home games. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Buffalo and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres are worth a look in the underdog role given the week they’re having, but the bad news is that the Capitals have found their footing over these last two weeks, and they’ve absolutely owned the Sabres over the years. I need to see a more consistent sample size to consider the Sabres here. Give me the Capitals and the PL for max betting value.
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