Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (7-4-3) vs Buffalo Sabres (4-6-2)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -188 / Buffalo Sabres +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Buffalo Sabres look to snap a three-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 31.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with five goals, Jack Eichel has nine assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up 13 goals on 128 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 19 goals on 216 shots.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 35.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with seven goals, John Carlson has eight assists and Alex Ovechkin has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 36 goals on 382 shots.
The Sabres are 16-50 in their last 66 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Sabres last 5 Thursday games. The over is 9-3 in Capitals last 12 overall. The Sabres are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Washington and 5-15 in the last 20 meetings. The favorite is 36-17 in the last 53 meetings.
The Buffalo Sabres have yet to fulfill expectations this season and have looked sluggish since returning from their lengthy layoff. However, the Washington Capitals haven't exactly been world beaters up to this point, are still dealing with injuries, and the Sabres won the last meeting about three weeks ago. The Caps should probably be favored on their home ice, but this is a lot of money to turn down with the Sabres.