Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres - 11/22/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Sabres (5-13-2) at Washington Capitals (9-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -290 / Buffalo Sabres +260 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals play host to the Buffalo Sabres at the Verizon Center in Saturday action.
The Buffalo Sabres hope to escape the snow and face Washington at the Verizon Center Saturday after Thursday's contest with the Rangers was posponed because of snow. The Sabres haven't had a whole lot to cheer about this season but are owners of back to back victories following a 4-1 decision versus visiting San Jose on Tuesday. A three goal second set the tone and the Sharks never recovered. Brian Gonta led the Sabres attack with a pair of goals with Nicholas Deslauriers and Brian Flynn also scored while Jhonas Enroth recorded 19 saves after taking over for Michal Neuvirth who was injured in the first. Brent Burns tallied for the Sharks with Troy Grosenick stopped just ten shots.
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The Washington Capitals return from their road swing riding the momentum of consecutive victories. The Capitals squeezed by the struggling Avalanche 3-2 on Thursdat night behind a late goal that snapped a 2-2 tie. The Capitals received second period tallies from Jason Chimera and Nicklas Backstrom with Danny Briere lighting the lamp in the second for Colorado. Tyson Barrie knotted the score 2-2 in the third before Alex Ovechkin recorded the game winner for Washington with just under six minutes remained in regulation. Braden Holtby picked up the victory with a 27 save performance while Reto Berra was charged with the defeat despite stopping 20 shots.
The over is 4-0-2 in Sabres last 6 overall while the under is 3-0-3 in Sabres last 6 vs. a team with a losing record with the Sabres going 5-21 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. For Washington the over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 while the under is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall and the over is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 home games. Head to head the Sabres are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Washington. The Capitals generally do well in this match up but the games are usually close. No goalies are confirmed and I'm hesitant to get involved but for a lean right now...