Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals - 12/29/13
Washington Capitals (20-14-4) at Buffalo Sabres (10-24-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +114 / Washington Capitals -126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Capitals will look for their seventh win in their last 10 contests when they head to Buffalo on Sunday to take on the Sabres.
Washington is playing much better of late as they’re 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and currently sit in second place in the otherwise lackluster Metropolitan division. The Caps are in a nice position when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture but it remains a two-horse race between the Bruins and Penguins atop the conference and the likes of Montreal, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington playing the role of also ran. The Capitals sit 13 points back of the Penguins for the division lead which at this rate is all but a certainty they won’t catch their archrivals but climbing the ladder for a more favourable position is still very much in question. The Caps head into Buffalo who has been the league doormat this season and who boasts the league’s worst offense by a comfortable mile so the Caps should be in good shape to keep their winning streak intact.
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The Sabres have had a tough season thus far but they will look for an uplifting victory after they fell short against the Maple Leafs in their last outing. Buffalo is a team that is a piece or two away from making a push towards the playoffs but it looks as though management is going to do a full rebuild as it is all but certain that franchise goaltender Ryan Miller is on his way out the door. The Sabres brought in a new ownership group last year and after an open wallet resulted in disappointment it looks like the team will be gutted and they’ll look to build through the draft. Despite not having the victories to his name this year, Miller has played very well in the Sabres’ crease as he continues to create a resume for potential suitors and while the Caps are an offensively gifted team I think Miller makes the difference here.