Washington Capitals (33-18-7) at Buffalo Sabres (17-31-11)
|Date & Time||Monday February 19, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under:
The Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabers meet Monday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The Washington Capitals look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 34 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 39 assists and John Carlson has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 121 goals on 1,362 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 45 goals on 526 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed four or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Buffalo Sabers could also use a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 22 goals, Evander Kane has 20 assists and Ryan O'Reilly has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 117 goals on 1,295 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 63 goals on 560 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 Monday games, 58-24 in their last 82 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games, 8-21 in their last 29 home games and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings, the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings.
The Washington Capitals have really been hit or miss the last several weeks and are getting blasted on the defensive end. However, few teams stink up the joint as much as the Buffalo Sabres, and they don't play any better on their home ice. Washington has also won seven of the last nine meetings against Buffalo, scoring three or more goals in six of those contests. I'm going to continue my trend of fading the Sabres, as it's worked well over the years.