Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NHL Hockey Odds, Picks and Prediction

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS BUFFALO SABRES
15-7-3 December 9, 8:00 PM | KeyBank Center 10-10-6

When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 9, 2016
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington), MSG-B (Buffalo)

Team/  Live in game Betting at gtbets-sportsbook Spread MoneyLine Total
Washington Capitals -1.5 +240 -122 5 -130
Buffalo Sabres +1.5 -300 +102 5 +110
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The Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at KeyBank Center.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (15-7-3): Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen will see his consecutive games streak end at 189 on Friday as he will not travel with the team to Buffalo due to an upper-body injury. Niskanen sustained the injury after careening face-first into the boards following a hit from Bruins center Patrice Bergeron in the first period. “He took a big hit and he’s an important piece for us,” coach Barry Trotz told Monumental Sports Network. “Credit to our (defense); they were under siege for two periods when we went to five (defensemen), and they battled real hard. So that group of five, I give them a lot of credit for battling through that.”

ABOUT THE SABRES (10-10-6): Kane has been providing both highs (three goals) and lows (three penalties) for Buffalo over the last three games, with the infractions proving costly on both Monday and Tuesday. Buffalo yielded power-play goals to change the momentum of both contests, although Kane made amends against the Oilers in overtime with his second goal of the night to give him five points in his last five games after notching just two (both assists) in his previous 10. While Kane’s offensive jolt is nice, Buffalo has permitted a power-play goal in eight of its last 11 games and is second-to-last on the penalty kill at 75.6 percent.

gtbets-sportsbook currently has the Capitals listed as 122-moneyline favorites versus the Sabres, while the game’s total is sitting at 5  

The Sabres were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Washington won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Bruins on December 07. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson has decimated the Buffalo Sabres en route to recording six points in his last six games overall. After skewering the Sabres with a goal in the Capitals’ 3-1 win on Nov. 25 and netting the tying tally in the third period and overtime-winner earlier this week, Johansson looks for an encore on Friday in Buffalo in the finale of the teams’ three-game season series.

The 26-year-old Swede notched an assist on Wednesday as Washington posted its second straight win with a 4-3 overtime victory over Boston. The Capitals were not thrilled with squandering a three-goal lead before Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime heroics, electing to hold a closed-door, players’ only meeting to tie up loose ends. While Washington attempts to get on the same page, Buffalo’s line of Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart have been doing quite nicely since Eichel’s return from a 21-game absence due to an ankle injury. The line has combined for seven goals and 14 points in five contests, with Buffalo improving to 3-1-1 in that stretch following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over Edmonton.

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Washington:
Team record: 15-7-3 SU
Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Buffalo:
Team record: 10-10-6 SU
Buffalo is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Buffalo is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
Buffalo is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Washington home to Vancouver Sunday, December 11
Buffalo home to Los Angeles Tuesday, December 13

KEY NOTES
1. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby made 31 saves in Monday’s 3-2 victory over Buffalo to improve his career mark to 8-3-1 with one shutout versus the Sabres.
2. Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulikov is expected to return Friday following a 13-game absence with a back injury while fellow D Josh Gorges has a chance to play despite dealing with a non-displaced fracture in his foot.
3. Niskanen’s injury forced the Capitals to reach out to Hershey of the American Hockey League and recall 26-year-old Aaron Ness, who played in eight games with Washington last season.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksBuffalo Sabres will win outright at +102 and the game will go over 5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Sabres 4, Capitals 2 at gtbets-sportsbook

SMART CHART
WAS TEAM BUF
2.60 GOALS 2.45
2.32 GA 2.62
14.81 PP% 18.82
82.50 PK% 75.58
30.44 SHOTS OFF 29.48
28.44 SHOTS DEF 32.38
0.28 GOAL DIFF -0.16
INJURIES
WASHINGTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BUFFALO
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
BUFFALO
Buffalo is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Buffalo’s last 14 games at home
Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.6 16 2.6 10
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.6 10
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 2.6 16 2.7 16
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Sabres Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.7 16
Capitals Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 3.0 4 2.7 19
Capitals Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.4 19 2.7 19
Capitals Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 3.0 4 2.4 11
Capitals Road Scoring vs Sabres Home Defense 2.4 19 2.4 11
Capitals Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 10.7 26 79.4 25
Capitals Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 22.0 7 79.4 25
Capitals Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 10.7 26 84.3 8
Capitals Road PP vs Sabres Home PK 22.0 7 84.3 8
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 2.1 30 2.4 2
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 2.1 30 2.3 5
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 2.5 26 2.4 2
Sabres Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 2.5 26 2.3 5
Sabres Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 1.9 30 2.4 3
Sabres Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 1.9 30 2.6 9
Sabres Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 2.4 28 2.4 3
Sabres Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 2.4 28 2.6 9
Sabres Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 20.0 12 81.6 14
Sabres Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 20.0 12 83.3 7
Sabres Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 25.0 4 81.6 14
Sabres Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 25.0 4 83.3 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
WASHINGTON
No trends to report
BUFFALO
Buffalo is the worst offensive team in the league averaging just 2.1 goals per game.
Buffalo is third best in the league in power play goals with 0.8 per game.
Buffalo is third on the power play in the league at 23.0%.
Buffalo has the third worst shots against allowing 32.4 per game.
Buffalo allows the third most power play goals in the league with 0.8 per game.
Buffalo has the second worst penalty killing in the league at 75.6%.

 

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