Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals - 3/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (41-20-7) at Buffalo Sabres (29-31-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +149 / Washington Capitals -165 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: MSGB, NSWA
The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, John Carlson has 60 assists and T.J. Oshie has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 60 goals on 689 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 140 goals on 1,359 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 16 of their last 20 games.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 35 goals, Rasmus Dahlin has 34 assists and Sam Reinhart has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 94 goals on 918 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has allowed 89 goals on 1,031 shots. The Buffalo Sabres have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite. The Sabres are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 2-10 in their last 12 Monday games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The over is 41-20-1 in Capitals last 62 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Sabres last 7 overall. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Washington Capitals seem to be climbing out of their funk slowly but surely, and now they run into a Sabres team they've beaten in eight of the last 10 meetings. The Buffalo Sabres just can't get out of their own way during their six-game losing streak, and while they've had success at home, they're not a team I run to in the underdog role or when playing above-average competition. There's only way I can go in this spot, and that's taking the Caps and the PL for added value.