Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres

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The Washington Capitals travel to Buffalo to face off against the Sabres. Washington is riding a four-game win streak and sits at second in the East Division, while Buffalo has a ten-game losing streak and is in last place in the division.

Capitals Looking to Make Up Ground at Top of Division

The Capitals are playing elite hockey this year. They’re currently 17-6-4 on the year with 38 points, which puts them at second in the East and sixth overall in the NHL. Most recently, they swept the Flyers in Philadelphia, ending with a 5-4 win on Saturday.

They had five different goal scorers in the win: Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist, as did Nick Jensen, while Nic Dowd, Alex Ovechkin, and Daniel Sprong had a goal each. Nicklas Bäckström leads the team with 30 points, but went without a point in the win.

Ilya Samsonov stopped 28 of 32 shots in the win, good enough for a .875 save percentage. He has a .902 save percentage and 2.77 GAA on the year.Washington scores an average of 3.41 goals per game, and allows an average of 3.15 goals per game to opponents.

Buffalo Ready for Season to Be Over

It’s been a rough ten years for the Buffalo Sabres and their fans, but this year has been particularly horrific. They currently have a 6-16-4 record for 16 points, which puts them at last place in the division and in the entire NHL. They recently lost star center Jack Eichel indefinitely to injury, so the misery doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Their most recent loss was a 3-0 result at home against Pittsburgh. This was the third time they’ve been shut out at home in the losing streak. They managed 24 shots on goal, which Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith handled with ease. Tobias Rieder managed four shots on goal, Rasmus Ristolainen and Victor Olofsson had three. Sam Reinhart leads the team with 19 points, but only managed one shot on goal against Pittsburgh.

Goalie Carter Hutton played a fantastic game for Buffalo, stopping 31 of 32 shots he saw. The other two goals came on en empty net. Linus Ullmark leads the Buffalo goalie tandem with a .919 save percentage and 2.44 GAA.

Buffalo averages 2.15 goals scored per game and allows 3.31 goals per game to opponents. Their defense allows 30.9 shots per game to opponents, making life difficult for Hutton and Ullmark.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Buffalo is the talk of the league for all the wrong reasons. A ten-game losing streak is the least of their worries, as their star player and biggest trade token, Jack Eichel is down indefinitely with injury. Washington, on the other hand, is competing for a top spot in the Division and among the best teams in the NHL. Don’t count on an upset in this one, Capitals win.

Prediction:
Washington -1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Neither team has an elite goaltender in net, with save averages in the low .900s, high .890s. The Capitals have shown they’re capable of putting up big scoring numbers, having scored five goals in their last three games. Buffalo, for all their failures, will look to redeem themselves after another shutout loss. They’ll combine for the over.

Prediction:
Over 5.5