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Capitals visit Buffalo Sabres in NHL clash

Washington Capitals

Buffalo Sabres
20-14-4 December 29, 2013, 05:00 PM | First Niagara Center 10-24-4

NHL wagering interest swings to the Buffalo vs Washington battle on Sunday at First Niagara Center as the Sabres try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Buffalo will face the 20-14-4 Capitals. In totals betting, the Sabres are 11-20-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Capitals are 18-20 favoring the OVER.

View Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -126 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

This game matches up the No. 30 (Sabres) and the No. 16 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

In their last action, Washington was a 3-2 winner at home against the Rangers. Bettors on Washington at -113 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Sabres were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Buffalo's No. 30-ranked offense (1.82 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 24 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 12.71% rate while the Capitals have a 81.56% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Capitals at Sabres trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Buffalo
Buffalo is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Buffalo is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Washington at Ottawa, Monday, December 30th
Buffalo at Atlanta, Tuesday, December 31st