- Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres Predictions
Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Puck Line Pick
Both the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres are playing the second leg of back-to-back situations on Friday, but they didn’t face each other on Thursday night. That could add a new dynamic to this particular situation. Both teams might be a little tired for this one, but the Capitals are a significantly better team than the Sabres. In six meetings, Washington has beaten Buffalo five times–including 6-0 in the most recent one. During that game, the Caps won 55.8 percent of faceoffs, which allowed them to dominate the majority of possession and dictate the pace of play. Additionally, Washington outshot Buffalo 30-23; in the first period they held the Sabres to only two shots. In their six meetings, Washington has outscored them 24-13. The Capitals are averaging four goals per game when they play the Sabres and they’ve covered the spread three times. The Caps have done a great job this season against the Sabres, expect that to continue.
The Capitals are sitting first place in their division while Buffalo is sitting dead last in the league. It’s been a real struggle for the Sabres all season and going up against the best team in their division probably doesn’t help. Carter Hutton is expected to get the start for the Sabres, which is great news for the Caps. He is 1-10-1 this season with a brutal 3.47 GAA and .886 SVP. It’s tough to imagine a goalie that only has one win will be able to take down one of the best teams in the league. Take the puck line.
Game Totals Pick
The Capitals are averaging the third-most goals per game with 3.33 and have averaged 4.0 goals per game when they play Buffalo. They also have the eighth-best powerplay in the league, scoring 24 percent of the time; the Sabres have a surprisingly impressive powerplay scoring on 22.6 percent of chances. Considering this is a back-to-back, tired bodies tend to lead to sloppy play and create a lot of penalties. Expect there to be a lot of chances for both teams with the man advantage. Vitek Vanecek is getting the start for the Caps and he is allowing 2.64 goals per game, which means the Sabres might be able to get on the board a couple of times. These teams have hit the over in three of six meetings; take the over for this one.