The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals meet Monday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. The Buffalo Sabres look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Washington Capitals also need a win to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.91 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with 5 goals, Rasmus Asplund has 6 assists and Jeff Skinner has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.82 goals per game and are killing 89.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Dustin Tokarski has given up 14 goals on 164 shots faced, and Craig Anderson has given up 15 goals on 190 shots.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.36 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 10 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 8 assists and John Carlson has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.64 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 17 goals on 185 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 12 goals on 112 shots.
The Sabres are 22-73 in their last 95 road games and 14-37 in their last 51 overall. The Capitals are 27-9 in their last 36 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Sabres last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Sabres are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Washington and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres are a team that’s heading in the wrong direction, and they’ve been absolute fade material on the road the last three seasons. The Washington Capitals won’t stay in this funk for long, and they’ve been money printing machines in the favorite role. My only option here is to side with the Caps at home and the PL for max betting value.
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