In a matchup between two teams that are trying to bounce back, the Buffalo Sabres are hosting the Washington Capitals in KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY on December 11, 2021.
- Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 11/12/2021
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Sabres Stats & Form
It has been another disappointing season for the Buffalo Sabres who are currently 6th in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with an 8-15-3 record.
The Sabres have lost nine of the last ten games and are currently on a six-game losing streak. Last night they failed 2-1 at home to the New York Rangers. Buffalo final minute goal was ruled off because Rasmus Dahlin had crossed the blue line before Buffalo entered the zone. Brett Murray scored for the Sabres and minor-league callup Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen stopped 29 shots and has lost five straight since winning his NHL debut in April.
The Sabres are 4-9-3 in conference play. Buffalo has allowed 14 power-play goals, stopping 77.8% of opponent opportunities. Brett Murray leads the Sabres with a plus-two in eight games this season. Kyle Okposo has 9 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
Buffalo Sabres News
Craig Anderson, Drake Caggiula, Casey Mittelstadt, Dustin Tokarski and Alex Tuch will not be available for coach Don Granato tonight while Robert Hagg and Malcolm Subban will be a game-time decision.
Washington Capitals Stats & Form
The Washington Capitals are having another good season as they are near the top of the Eastern Conference with a 16-5-6 record which ranks them second in the Metropolitan Division and fourth in the conference, two points shy of the leading Florida Panthers.
Last night, the Capitals lost 4-2 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins which was their third loss in the last five games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller scored for the Caps both on Alex Ovechkin’s assists.
It was a potentially costly night for the Capitals, who lost top right winger Tom Wilson to an upper-body injury and played half the game with five defensemen after Martin Fehervary took a high hit from Brock McGinn. Fehervary did not return after the hit, exiting with what the team also called an upper-body injury.
The Capitals are 6-2-0 against opponents from the Metropolitan. Washington averages 2.8 penalties per game, the least in the Eastern Conference. Dmitry Orlov leads them averaging 0.4.
Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 20 goals and has 43 points. Wilson has four goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Washington.
Washington Capitals News
Tom Wilson, Martin Fehervary, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Anthony Mantha and Nic Dowd will not suit up for the Capitals tonight.
Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals Head-to-Head Stats
The Washington Capitals have won four of the last five and seven of the last ten against the Buffalo Sabres. These two met earlier this year when the Caps won 5-3 at home.
The last four and eight of the last ten head-to-heads have gone over 5.5 goals.
Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals Betting Odds
The Washington Capitals are favorites to win against the Buffalo Sabres with -149 odds in their favor while the hosting Sabres are at 306. The draw is set at 376.
The total goals margin is set at 5.5 with -137 to go over and 110 for under.
Both teams are heading into their second of back-to-back games and both have lost last night.
Washington is clearly the better team and will not allow to drop even further on the standings with a loss to one of the worst teams in the conference.
Capitals’ win with over 5.5 goals is a value bet for tonight.