Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals - 1/24/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (3-0-2) vs Buffalo Sabres (1-3-1)
Game Info: Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
Betting Odds: Washington Capitals +118 / Buffalo Sabres -138 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win to rebound from a 1-3-1 record. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with two goals, Jack Eichel has six assists and Jeff Skinner has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 69 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up five goals on 53 shots.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Vrana leads Washington with three goals, Alex Ovechkin has four assists and John Carlson has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed nine goals on 88 shots.
The Sabres are 15-50 in their last 65 road games and 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The Capitals are 10-3 in their last 13 Sunday games and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Sabres are 4-17 in the last 21 meetings in Washington and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres are better than what they've shown through five games and the roster is much improved, but at some point we have to see it. The Sabres haven't looked good up to this point and I'm starting to get flashbacks from past years. The Washington Capitals are still the Capitals, and that's a team that's in every game, usually dominates at home and has treated Buffalo like a punching bag over the years. Not sure why the Caps are underdogs here, but I'll take it without asking questions.