Friday, December 9, 2016
First Niagara Center
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The Washington Capitals travel to First Niagara Center to play the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, December 9, 2016. The opening line for this game has the Capitals at -135 and the Sabres at +122. The over/under has been set at 5.
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Washington comes into this matchup having played 25 games. They have an overall record of 15-7-3 and on the road they have a record of 5-3-3. Currently they are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 65 goals and given up 58 goals for a point differential of +7. The Capitals have an overall record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 15-10 and an over/under record of 10-10-5. Buffalo shows up with a record of 10-10-6 including 5-5-3 at home this season. They are 6th in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 55 goals and surrendered 68 for a goal differential of -13. The Sabres have a record of 5-3-2 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 9-16 while their over/under record sits at 8-15-3.
Marcus Johansson has accumulated 19 total points this season for the Capitals. He has 11 goals this season with 45 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 24%. He has a total of 8 assists on the season and averages 18 minutes played per game. Alex Ovechkin has averaged 19 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 12% by scoring 12 goals on 98 shots. He has 7 assists giving him a total of 19 points on the season. Braden Holtby has 12 wins and 6 losses this season in net for the Capitals. He has had 568 shots against him and has given up 44 goals. He has made 524 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Kyle Okposo has accumulated 17 total points this season for the Sabres. He has 8 goals this season with 71 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 9 assists on the season and averages 20 minutes played per game. Sam Reinhart has averaged 17 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 8% by scoring 5 goals on 62 shots. He has 9 assists giving him a total of 14 points on the season. Robin Lehner has 5 wins and 8 losses this season in net for the Sabres. He has had 532 shots against him and has given up 42 goals. He has made 490 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
The Capitals have 33 total points this season. They have scored 65 goals while giving up 58 goals. They have had 81 power play opportunities and have scored 12 goals on those chances for a percentage of 15%. The Capitals have allowed 80 power play opportunities and given up 14 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 83%. They average 30 shots per game and as a team are shooting 8.54% for the season to this point. They allow 28 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%.
The Sabres have a total of 26 points on the season. They have 20 power play goals on 87 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 23%. They have allowed 86 power play opportunities and have given up 21 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 76%. As a team, the Capitals have a total of 55 goals scored while they've given up 68 goals to this point. They average 30 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 7.09%. As a team they give up 32 shots per game and have a save percentage of 92%.
Washington has a Corsi percentage of 52.8% as they've attempted 1,461 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 1,308 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 51.8% as they have 1,088 attempts while they've given up 1,014 shots on the defensive end. The Capitals start possessions in the offensive zone 55.4% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 44.6% for the season. They have 759 face off wins compared to 735 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 50.8%. On defense Washington has 501 hits and they've blocked 294 shots from the opposition.
Buffalo has attempted 1,399 shots at full strength and they've given up 1,506 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 48.2% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 47.5% as they have 1,054 shots while they've given up 1,165 attempts on defense. The Sabres have an offensive zone percentage of 48% and their defensive zone percentage is 52% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 52% as they've compiled 848 face off wins this season and they have suffered 783 face off losses. On defense Buffalo has blocked 341 shot attempts and they have 602 hits as a unit.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
The Washington Capitals are 15-10 straight up
The Washington Capitals are 10-10-5 against the over/under
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
The Buffalo Sabres are 9-16 straight up
The Buffalo Sabres are 8-15-3 against the over/under
Washington Capitals Injuries
12/07/16 D Matt Niskanen Concussion injured last game, "?" Friday vs Buffalo
Buffalo Sabres Injuries
12/06/16 D Taylor Fedun Shoulder "?" Friday vs Washington
12/03/16 RW Hudson Fasching Groin out indefinitely
12/03/16 D Josh Gorges Foot out indefinitely
11/23/16 D Dmitry Kulikov Back out indefinitely
11/12/16 C Cody McCormick Blood Clot out indefinitely
11/10/16 LW Tyler Ennis Groin out indefinitely
11/03/16 D Zach Bogosian Knee out indefinitely
10/31/16 LW Nicolas Deslauriers Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Buffalo +122
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