Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres - 3/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres (23-33-8) vs Washington Capitals (35-20-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm (KeyBank Center)

Betting Odds: Buffalo Sabres +185 / Washington Capitals -233 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres host the Washington Capitals in Friday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 35-20-10. Through 65 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 216 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 10th ranked team in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 23-33-8. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 64 games, the Sabres have scored 171 goals, giving them an average of 2.63. This output gives them a rank of 24th among NHL teams. On defense, Buffalo is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.47 goals per contest. So far, the Sabres have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Buffalo's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 28th in the NHL.

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Through 63 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 76 points. He has reached his mark of 40 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 41 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

Through 60 games, the Buffalo Sabres' goal and overall scoring leader is Tage Thompson, with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jeff Skinner, who has 19 assists to go along with his 24 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sabres are -9.0 in scoring differential. Buffalo's top goalie is Craig Anderson, who is giving up an average of 3.04 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47 percent of the time.

In Washington's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-28-1. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-15. On the season, 60.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. In Buffalo's 64 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-31-1. So far, taking the over when the Sabres are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-14-1. On the season, 55.0% of Buffalo's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Sabres. I see this being a high-scoring affair, going over the line of 6 goals.

 

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