Sabres, Capitals UNDER to Cash our Saturday Ticket

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:44 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 8:44 PM UTC

Handicapper Dana Lane says the Sabres 9-4-1 UNDER streak following a win will continue tonight.

Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals

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Free NHL Picks: UNDER 5.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

We get back to the winning tonight after updating my power rakings for everyone yesterday. We have a giant card to choose from but one game has really jumped off the page at me.

Before we get to that, make sure to get to the SBR YouTube Channel to watch the ‘Ice Guys Show’. We go through the entire Saturday card in the National Hockey League. Ian Cameron hosts the show with Alex B. Smith and Andrew McInnis and me. With tonight pending I’m on a 21-7 streak that has made a lot of people a lot of money. Don’t miss it!

A Saturday wager emanates from the nation’s capital where the Washington Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres at the Capital One Arena. Puck drops at 7:00 ET/4:00 PT and can be seen on NBC Sports-Washington and MSG-B.

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It's a #Caps Gameday! Washington back home to take on the Buffalo Sabres at @CapitalOneArena. Puck drop at 7 p.m. on @NBCSWashington. #CapsSabres Preview:

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 24, 2018

Top 10 Power Ranking: Buffalo Sabres NR Washington Capitals NR

In their last meeting, the Washington Capitals skated to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. If you remember that game, five days ago, there were 64 total shots with the total at 6. The bookmakers made an adjustment to tonight’s total, shaving it down to 5.5 but I’m not scared off because there is nothing about either team’s recent form that would indicate an offensive explosion is upon us.

Just five days ago, the Capitals managed just 29 shots against a Sabres defense who gives up an average of 33 a game (8th). In fact, Buffalo held Barry Trotz’s team to just 16 shots over the last two periods, including six in the third period. That effort shouldn’t be a complete surprise considering the Capitals are ranked last in shots per game (28.7).

Buffalo has started to pick up their game, especially on the road where they’ve managed to find points in six straight. They haven’t lost in regulation, on the road, since January 18th. From a points perspective, Buffalo has collected 27 points away from home, 7 more than they’ve earned at the KeyBank Center.

Thursday, Washington was sloppy against the Florida Panthers, allowing Florida to come back in a game that Washington normally would imposes their suffocating will. Instead, Bob Boughner’s team scored twice in a three and a half minute span, late in the game, to steal a win. If I’m the Capitals I can’t wait to get back on the ice after that effort. It was just the second time in four seasons that Washington has lost after leading at the 10 minute mark of the 3rd period.

I anticipate an inspired defensive effort against the Sabres who are 31st in goals per game (2.39). Even though the Capitals give up almost 33 shots a night (10th) they aren’t playing a team that can take advantage of Washington’s short comings.

This game is going UNDER the total, see you at the cashiers cage.



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