Capitals open as moneyline underdog vs Sabres

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March 30, 7:00 PM | First Niagara Center

Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres Odds

15-17-1TEAM RECORD13-16-5

The Buffalo Sabres battle the visiting Washington Capitals on Saturday in NHL betting action at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo will face the 15-17-1 Capitals. In totals betting, the Sabres are 17-15-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Capitals are 12-18-3 favoring the OVER.

View Washington vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Sabres as -116 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Sabres and the No. 21-rated Capitals in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 18-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.8 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 12.9% rate while the Capitals have a 77.5% rate on the penalty kill.

Washington lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on March 26. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +128 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at -110 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Buffalo Sabres Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 8-2
After playing Florida are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Capitals at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games on the road
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing Washington
Buffalo is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Buffalo's last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at Philadelphia, Sunday, March 31
Buffalo home to Boston, Sunday, March 31

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