Sabres vs. Capitals NHL Pick – December 15th





<p>The Washington Capitals had a late night in Raleigh, as they needed a long shootout to down the Carolina Hurricanes. They got down early, 4-1, erased that lead to take a 5-4 advantage. However, Braden Holtby got tripped up late in the 3rd and allowed a tying goal to the Hurricanes. He made a bad play on the puck and the Capitals ultimately paid for it. </p>
<p>Not his best night in net, but he played well in overtime and the shootout to prevail. With the offence of the Capitals, a bad night in net can often result in a win still. Holtby got away with a bad night, but overall he’s been better of late. Against a good team, that’s likely not going to translate into a win, though. </p>
<p>The Capitals don’t have much time to celebrate, as they’re back out on the ice Saturday evening. They will be home for this one, with the Buffalo Sabres coming into Capital One Arena. The Sabres had the night off on Friday after dispatching the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 3-1 on Thursday. </p>
<p>Following ten straight wins for the Sabres, they were sitting back just a little bit too much. Buffalo dropped five games in row directly after their lengthy winning streak, but have recently gotten a couple games back with wins over the Kings and Coyotes. </p>
<p>The Kings and Coyotes aren’t the stiffest competition in the league, but they’re going to get an uptick in competition tonight. We’ll see if they can take advantage of the Capitals who are on a back-to-back after a win in Raleigh a night ago. Get our free Sabres vs. Capitals pick below. </p>
<h2 class=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.

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