Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres - 1/12/14
Buffalo Sabres (12-26-5) at Washington Capitals (22-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -191 / Buffalo Sabres +173 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Sabres look to derail Washington’s momentum on Sunday when the teams meet up at the Verizon Center.
The abysmal season in northern New York continues on Sunday as the Sabres who are far and away the league’s worst team in the standings head to the road to take on the Washington Capitals who despite only having 50 points sit in second place in the Metropolitan division. The Sabres have undergone a massive overhaul in the past few months and with a lottery pick on the horizon they are more than likely going to continue cleaning house and starting a full rebuild. Buffalo has a ton of talented prospects in their system both at the junior level and the semi-pro level that will be leaned on in the next couple of years but while the future looks bright the present is anything but. Ryan Miller despite having the league’s worst offense playing in front of him is having a very strong season in the Buffalo crease which in large part could be an audition for next season or the starter’s job in Sochi. Either way he is giving the Sabres a fighting chance every night but unfortunately the anemic offense in Buffalo has cost them a ton of hockey games.
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The Capitals have been up and down so far this season as they showed a lot of compete at the beginning of the year, tapered off in the middle, and are now starting to come back to Earth as the second half of the season kicks off. It is without question that Caps forward Alex Ovechkin is one of the game’s best players and certainly one of the top goal scorers as he continues to lead the league in that category but if he can’t get his club to the playoffs his personal efforts would be all for not. Washington does have some talent at both ends of the rink but they haven’t been able to put things together on a consistent basis and as such they find themselves in the mess of the Metropolitan division instead of challenging the Penguins for the division crown. The Caps are pretty heavy favourites in this one for good reason as they’re a much more talented team than the Sabres are at this point in time but to be honest outside of Ovechkin and Backstrom I haven’t been too impressed with the Caps and I think Miller is the best player in the game outside of Ovie. I can very well see the Sabres taking this game and at the price we’re getting it would be silly to pass up on it. For now though I think taking them to keep it within reason isn’t out of the question.