Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres - 3/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres - 3/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (6-16-4) vs Washington Capitals (17-6-4)

Game Info: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +191 / Washington Capitals -213 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres meet in NHL action from the KeyBank Center on Monday night.

The Washington Capitals will be looking to add to their 5-4 win over Philadelphia in their last matchup. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in socring with 30 points including 10 goals and a team-high 20 assists while John Carlson has 24 points with 18 assists and Alex Ovechkin and Jakub Vrana each have 20 points split between 10 goals and 10 assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals per game on 28.4 shots per game with a 26.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals per game on 29.9 shots against per game with an 81.4% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to snap their losing streak that’s now hit double-digits after a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh last time out. Sam Reinhart and Fictor Olofsson each have a team-high 19 points with Reinhart logging a team-high 11 goals while Jack Eichel has 18 points with a team-high 16 assists and Taylor Hall has 16 points with 14 assists. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 2.2 goals per game on 28.2 shots per game with a 27.9% success rate on the PP while giving up 3.3 goals per game on 30.8 shots against per contest with an 80.7% mark on the PK.

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Washington is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 7-1 in their last 8 road games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. Buffalo is 20-42 in their last 62 games overall and 0-8 in their last 7 home games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Monday games. Washington is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the plus money is tempting with Buffalo as you have to figure that enough is going to be enough with Buffalo at some point and this Sabres team has to wake up at some point. However, it’s just a matter of I’ll believe it when I see it with Buffalo, as this Sabres team just can’t get out of their own way. Washington’s as good as it gets in the league right now and there’s just no backing this Sabres team right now in their current from. I’ll back Washington on the puck line in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Washington -1.5

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