With three money lines over -200 among the four games available for betting hockey, have to delve a little deeper to find the best value on Monday night and like what we have uncovered.
This will be Sabres second trip into Washington in 11 days and they drop the puck in Buffalo this Friday. The Capitals won the last contest 3-1, which also happens to be their last victory three games ago. The Washington offense has gone cold in scoring just three times in that trio off defeats and the Caps have only scored more three times twice in their last dozen trips to the ice. Washington is still holding up on the defensive end in permitting 2.1 goals a game over their last nine, but their normally potent power play is only 22nd in the NHL at 14.5 percent this season.
When you combined how Washington is playing with Buffalo’s offense, it not hard to comprehend why the NHL odds at A+ rated Bookmaker has the total at Under 5 (-120).
The Sabres are the league’s worst scoring team at 2.0 GAA. Buffalo’s lack of scoring in attributed to 5-on-5 play, not the power play. The Sabres are very respectable 7th with a man advantage at 22.5 percent, but where they are not getting it done is when both teams are at even strength, being listed at 25th overall in scoring percentage.
For NHL picks,. we find Buffalo at 15-7 UNDER this season, 6-0 UNDER having won two of three and the Caps 27-14 UNDER after three consecutive games of 33 or more shots on goal, leading to a low scoring affair, making UNDER 5 the day’s best bet.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com