The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning eight of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 10 goals, John Carlson has 18 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 18 goals on 183 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 56 goals on 585 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Jack Eichel has 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 29 goals on 272 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 28 goals on 344 shots.
The Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Sabres are 0-8 in their last 8 home games and 20-42 in their last 62 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The Capitals are 20-8 in the last 28 meetings. The favorite is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are starting to heat up with an offense that’s taking off, and they’ve won four of the five meetings this season against the Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres continue to be fade material, as they’ve lost 10 straight and they can’t find the back of the net to save their lives. The Sabres haven’t won a game since February 23, the day El Chapo’s wife was arrested, to put it in better context. It’s been a while. Give me the Capitals and the PL for max betting value.