Buffalo Sabres vs. Washington Capitals Pick
It was one of those games for Washington fans last night. The team was getting cursed after falling behind 4-1, jubilant after scoring 4 unanswered goals, and then left wondering what Holtby was doing to give up a goal in the 3rd. It may have been a sweaty extra session for people with money on the Capitals, but they came through. The Caps had to overcome a Carolina power play in overtime to get to a shootout.
Ovechkin rattled the net for the 6th time in two games to give him a back-to-back hat trick. At 33 years old, Ovi continues to produce like he could play until he’s in his 40’s. In a year led by youngsters, Ovechkin is standing above everyone in the goal department. He leads the league with 28 goals, 5 goals better than Patrik Laine. Ovechkin hasn’t been able to stop scoring, as he’s notched a whopping 9 goals in 9 goals in five games. Getting right back out on the ice tonight after back-to-back hat tricks might be the best thing for him. The Capitals don’t want any chance of him cooling off.
Holtby is likely in line to get the night off, as he sits down in favour of Pheonix Copley. Copley has an adequate season, but Holtby is the clear No. 1 in Washington. He enters with a 2.95 GAA and 0.902 save percentage this season. Like Holtby last night, Copley should expect terrific goal support tonight.
The Capitals have averaged 4.4 goals per game in their previous ten outings. They’ve scored at least 4 goals in eight of their last ten showings. Buffalo have allowed 3 goals per in their last ten contests. The OVER has gone 6-1 in the Capitals last seven, and 3-1 in the Sabres last four outings. I don’t expect the offence to slow down for Washington this evening, though the likes of Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel should provide Copley with a challenge. It should be another entertaining, high-scoring Capitals game on Saturday night.