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Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres Pick and Betting Preview

Fans betting on NHL look for value at First Niagara Center on Monday as the host Buffalo Sabres battle the Washington Capitals in hockey odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Capitals were listed as -178 favorites on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Monday at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.2-1.9 result in favor of the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Buffalo Sabres Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

15-16-4 Buffalo battles the Capitals, currently with a 26-6-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 11-14-10 for the Sabres and 11-17-6 for the Capitals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Buffalo vs Washington injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-ranked Buffalo Sabres and the No. 1-rated Washington Capitals in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Buffalo Sabres No. 24-ranked offense (2.43 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.12 goals per game allowed. The Sabres powerplay has clicked at a 20.37% rate while the Capitals have a 84.54% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Canadiens at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -170 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Sabres were a 6-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +175 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Buffalo
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
  • Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
  • Buffalo is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Buffalo is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Buffalo, Wednesday, December 30th