The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 19 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 26 assists and John Carlson has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 35 goals on 336 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 68 goals on 762 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Reinhart leads Buffalo with 13 goals, Taylor Hall has 17 assists and Victor Olofsson has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 39 goals on 341 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 41 goals on 508 shots.
The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Sabres are 41-103 in their last 144 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-16 in their last 21 home games. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The under is 18-6 in Sabres last 24 games playing on 0 days rest. The Capitals are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings. The favorite is 38-17 in the last 55 meetings. The home team is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres are playing some of their best hockey that they’ve played all season long, but the offensive issues are still there and they’re on the end of a back to back. The Washington Capitals have won five of the six meetings against the Sabres this season and they’ve had no issues winning on the end of back to backs. The Capitals are easily the better team here and should win comfortably. Give me the road team and the PL for max betting value.