The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Washington Capitals look for another win after beating the Sabres on Thursday. The Washington Capitals are averaging six goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with one goal, T.J. Oshie has two assists and Alex Ovechkin has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing four goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up four goals on 22 shots faced.
The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing their season opener to the Capitals. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads Buffalo with one goal, Jack Eichel has two assists and Tobias Rieder has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing six goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up five goals on 22 shots faced.
The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Sabres are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Capitals last 9 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 overall. The Capitals are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. The home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
It’s never easy to beat the same team twice in as many days, and while the Buffalo Sabres were never really in the game last night, they still found some offensive success and things to be happy about. I said in the previous write up that this is as good of a roster the Sabres have had in a while, and they should be thinking playoffs. These are big games for the Sabres to prove they’re no longer the same old Sabres. I’ll take a stab with the plus money here.