Buffalo Sabres (10-25-7) at Washington Capitals (28-11-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -450 / Buffalo Sabres +333 --- 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 look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in their last matchup. Sam Reinhart leads the Sabres in scoring with 26 points including a team-high 14 goals and 12 assists while Victor Olofsson has 24 points with 11 goals and 13 assists. Rasmus Dahlin has 18 points with a team-high 14 assists while Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen each have 13 points on the year for Buffalo. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.3 goals on 27.7 shots per game with a 21.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.4 goals on 32.6 shots against with a 77.6% success rate on the PK this season.
The Washington Capitals will be out to build on a 6-1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers in their last game. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 44 points including 14 goals and a team-high 30 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 39 points with a team-high 22 goals, 17 assists and 158 shots on goal this season. John Carlson has 37 points with 27 assists and T.J. Oshie has 14 goals and 20 assists for his 34 points while Tom Wilson and Anthony Mantha also have double-digit goal and assist numbers this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.5 goals on 28.3 shots with a 27.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 29.5 shots against with an 83.1% success rate on the PK this season.
Buffalo is 16-41 in their last 57 games against a team with a winning record and 13-39 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. Washington is 18-3 in their last 21 games as a favorite and 8-2 in their last 10 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. Buffalo is 8-22 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 4-17 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I get that this is a steep line, but realistically, it’s a steep line for a reason. The Sabres have little going right for them right now, as they traded away their best player in Taylor Hall and now their captain is out for the rest of the season with a neck injury as Jack Eichel won’t be coming back. Washington’s playing fantastic hockey right now and are simply the better team here so I’ll back the Capitals on the puck line and lay the -1.5.