January 28, 2014

NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Sabres

BetOnlineMatchup: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Date/Time: January 28th, 7:30 p.m. ET

Television: NBC Sports Network

NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook

Moneyline: Off

Total: Off

Tuesday night on the ice in NHL betting action finds the Washington Capitals visiting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET inside the First Niagara Center. Each team comes in having just played a game that involved a shutout in their last outing.

The Capitals put up a clean sheet against the Montreal Canadiens as G Braden Holtby saved 21 shots in a 5-0 win on Saturday night. Caps RW Alex Ovechkin is having another fabulous season with 51 points on 36 goals and 15 assists. “Alexander The Great” had a goal and an assist in the game as he returned from an injury that forced him to miss two games. Washington is down near the cellar of the Metropolitan Division with just 54 points on the season. The Capitals have one of the best power play units in all of the NHL they score 22 percent of the time which ranks fourth in the league. Everything else has not been great for the Caps as they give up 2.7 goals per game and they only kill penalties 80.3 percent of the time. Saturday’s win stopped a five-game losing skid that included a 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres back on January 12th. The road has been unkind to Washington this season as it is just 9-12-4 SU away from the nation’s capital. A game against the league’s worst Sabres could be just what the doctor ordered for the Capitals to get a win on the road.

The Sabres continued a terrible season on Monday night as they took a 3-0 loss to one of the league’s best the Pittsburgh Penguins. Buffalo has suffered an epidemic in its offensive production this season having scored just 1.6 goals per game. The last 10 games have seen the Sabres lose seven times including five losses by one goal and four of those were in shootouts. Buffalo C Cody Hodgson has been the lone bright spot on offense with 12 goals and 15 assists. Hodgson had a goal and an assist in the Sabres’ most recent win on Saturday night a 5-2 decision over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sabres have the 24th ranked defense in the NHL giving up 3.0 goals per game. Buffalo has been awful at home this season at 9-15-4 and has only been winners 14 times all year. It’s really hard to ever bet on Buffalo, but one of their wins did come against the Caps so a repeat performance could be in order on Tuesday. The Sabres have yet to record a shutout this season and it is highly doubtful they will be able to hold the Caps enough to get them into another overtime situation.

Alex Ovechkin’s return should help the Capitals get another much needed win in this one. We think Buffalo’s offense is way too futile to put any faith in much less your money. Look for the Caps to dominate the Sabres and get a nice revenge win against the league’s worst team.

Washington Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres Pick: Washington Capitals

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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