Buffalo Sabres (9-10-5) at Washington Capitals (13-7-3)
|Date & Time||Monday December 5, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -205 / Buffalo Sabres +184 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Washington Capitals look to continue their dominance on Monday nights as they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to town.
The Sabres look to pull off the big road upset at the Verizon Center on Monday night in what will be hostile territory and a very tough building to generate some momentum, but the Sabres have been re-energized since getting Jack Eichel back and he will look to upstage Alex Ovechkin and company. Buffalo hasn’t had a whole lot to smile about over the last few seasons but with some high end draft picks that have translated into franchise altering pieces I think there is optimism in Northern New York and while they may fall short of the playoffs this season I think they will come close and certainly be in the mix for a wild card spot if they can add a piece or two up top. Robin Lehner is expected to make the start as he will face off against Braden Holtby.
The Capitals meanwhile have been one of the league’s best teams all season long and will continue to beat up on the also rans as they welcome in a Sabres side that is a game under the .500 mark but is starting to make some noise. Washington has arguably the deepest roster in the NHL as they have a ton of fire power in the offensive zone, a very serviceable blue line, and a goaltender who is coming off the Vezina Trophy last season and with coach Barry Trotz in place this team has the potential to go on a serious playoff run. The Caps are 13-3 in their last 16 Monday games and they will look to add to that mark with a big effort against the Sabres tonight.
The Sabres are 3-7 in their last 10 when playing on one day’s rest and 38-89 in their last 127 road games while the Caps are 39-14 in their last 53 against the Atlantic and 46-19 in their last 65 home games. The Sabres are going to keep getting great value and we will cash in them on moving forward but in this spot they are in trouble and I think the Caps get it done in regulation.