Washington Capitals (23-21-8) at Buffalo Sabres (14-29-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +114 / Washington Capitals -126 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Sabres return home on Tuesday night after a hard fought game yesterday in Pittsburgh as they host Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.
The Capitals look for their second straight victory on Tuesday night in Buffalo as they continue their attempt to get back into the playoff picture after a midseason slump had them reeling out of contention. Washington started the season quite competitively and looked like a team that might challenge the Penguins for top spot in the Metropolitan division but with 30 games remaining on the schedule the Caps are 20 points behind their archrivals and certainly won’t be able to make up such an insurmountable deficit. Washington will go as Alex Ovechkin goes and while he started the season off very well he has slowed down a bit of late partly due to injury and doesn’t look like the same player we saw in November. Braden Holtby is expected to get the call for the Caps while Buffalo will likely turn to Jhonas Enroth as they’re in a back to back and Ryan Miller got the nod in Pittsburgh last night.
It is no secret that the Sabres are in the midst of not only a disappointing season but a major roster and franchise overhaul that started last year with the firing of Lindy Ruff and continued into this year with the firing of Ron Rolston, and Darcy Regier and the trade of Thomas Vanek. The house cleaning will continue before the season is out as pending free agent Ryan Miller will surely leave town at season’s end if not at the trade deadline but with a bright future ahead with a ton of talented prospects on the horizon Sabres fans have a lot of optimism looking forward. This will actually be a pretty competitive game regardless of Enroth getting the start as he has proven he can be a number one in this league and while Holtby may have more games under his belt I think the matchup is pretty even. Washington needs to start winning now while the Sabres know they’re out of contention but I do like the home team here as I don’t think the Caps have what it takes to do any damage this season.