Buffalo Sabres (4-6-2) at Washington Capitals (7-4-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -188 / Buffalo Sabres +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.
The Buffalo Sabres will try to rebound from a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders in their last matchup. Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson each have a team-high 11 points with Eichel logging 9 assists while Olofsson has 5 goals and 6 assists. Taylor Hall has 9 points with 8 assists and Sam Reinhart has 3 goals and 4 helpers for his 7 points on the year. Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton have split the majority of Buffalo’s starts this season, with Ullmary logging 3 wins with a 2.63 GAA while Hutton’s had a 1-4 record with a 2.85 GAA this season.
The Washington Capitals will look to build off of a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 7 goals and 12 assists for his 19 points while Alex Ovechkin has 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points this year. John Carlson and Tom Wilson each have 12 points with Carlson posting 4 goals and 8 assists while Wilson has 5 goals and 7 helpers. Jakub Vrana has 10 points with 5 goals and 5 assists as well for Washington this year, Vitek Vanacek continues to start in goal for the Capitals, posting 6 wins and a 3.06 GAA in 12 appearances this season.
Buffalo is 16-50 in their last 66 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 4-13 in their last 17 games following a win while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite. Buffalo is 5-15 in the last 20 meetings between these two teams and 5-17 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I expected Buffalo to come out of their COVID stoppage slow, but they looked lifeless and that’s putting it nicely. Washington just earned a really nice road win over the Penguins and I think the Caps build on that performance with a dominant showing over the Sabres here. I’ll take the Caps on the puck line to get this ML price down a bit.