The Capitals and Sabres are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Sabres will host the game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Sabres are the -1.5 goal favorites against the Capitals in a Eastern conference matchup.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS BUFFALO SABRES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Sabres -1.5

This game will be played at KeyBank Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, April 2nd.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO SABRES:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Sabres to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Sabres on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Is a Win at Buffalo Possible for the Capitals?

Despite being in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals have been favored in 19 of their 73 games this season. Their record as the favorite is 14-3-2, and they have won two straight games when favored. Washington has gone 36-27-10 overall, including a 21-20 record against Eastern Conference opponents.

On the road, the Capitals have gone 16-16-4 this season. In the Metropolitan Division, Washington is in 4th place with a record of 15-8. Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 6-4, and they are 3-2 in their last five games.

Washington enters this game with an overall puck line record of 36-37, including a road puck line record of 17-19. So far, the Capitals have had 18 wins by multiple goals and 18 wins by just one goal.

Over their last ten games, Washington has gone 6-4 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin this season is at -0.4 goals per game. As the underdog, the Capitals have a puck line record of 31-23.

Games involving Washington have an average of 5.9 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Capitals come in with a record of 33-37-3.

The Capitals are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

On offense, the Capitals are averaging 2.7 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. This year, the Capitals have recorded a 10-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 26-21 record.

Washington’s leading scorer is Alex Ovechkin. So far, he has 26 goals which is 49th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 32 assists so far.

Buffalo defense takes on the Capitals ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.1 shots per game against Buffalo. They also are 9th in shutouts, with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren comes into the game having made 40 starts this season. So far, his record is 21-13 and he has a save percentage of 0.804%.

Can the Sabres Lock in a Home Win?

At home this season, the Sabres have gone 18-19-1, and they have been favored in 27 of their 75 games. In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo is in 13th place and 6th in the Atlantic Division. Overall, the Sabres have gone 35-35-5, and they have gone 20-24 against other teams in the East.

Over their last ten games, the Sabres have gone 5-5, and they have gone 2-3 over their last five games. Against the spread this season, Buffalo has gone 15-11-1 as the favorite and 20-24-4 as the underdog.

Buffalo comes into the game with an overall puck line record of 41-34 this year. So far, the Sabres have 24 wins by multiple goals and 11 wins by just one goal.

Overall, Buffalo’s average scoring margin is -.1 goals per game. In their 48 games as the underdog, the Sabres have gone 32-16 vs. the puck line.

Games involving Buffalo have an average of 6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.4. In terms of their over/under performance, the Sabres come in with a record of 30-43-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 20th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 13th in the league. Buffalo’s offense is currently ranked 30th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 18th in the league.

Buffalo’s leading scorer is JJ Peterka. So far, he has 26 goals which is 45th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Peterka has 20 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Sabres head into the game ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.1 shots per game against Buffalo. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Goalie Devon Levi gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-8, and his save percentage is 0.527%.