NHL Predictions and Betting Picks: Sabres Host Capitals After Skinner's 2-Goal Game (2/26/2023)
- Feb 26, 2023, 2:17:05 PM
Sabres host the Capitals after Skinner's 2-goal game
The Washington Capitals (29-26-6, sixth in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Buffalo, New York to face the Buffalo Sabres (30-23-4, fourth in the Atlantic Division) on Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. EST. According to the latest odds on Kingpin.pro's iOS and Android app, the Sabres are the favorites to win at -121, while the Capitals are the underdogs at +102. The over/under total is set at 6.
Team Analysis: Washington Capitals
The Capitals are not in the best form of late, having lost seven of their last 10 games. Despite their recent struggles, they still have the ability to compete at the highest level. The Capitals are 29-26-6 overall and have a 14-13-3 record in road games. In games they score three or more goals, they are 26-3-3.
T.J. Oshie has been their key man this season, with 14 goals and 10 assists so far. Meanwhile, Evgeny Kuznetsov has been in great form, with five goals and three assists over the last 10 games. John Carlson is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last game with a facial injury.
Team Analysis: Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres have also struggled lately, with a record of 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. They are currently 11-15-2 in home games and 30-23-4 overall. They rank third in the league with 212 total goals, averaging 3.7 per game.
Alex Tuch, who has 28 goals and 34 assists, has been their standout player this season. Meanwhile, Tage Thompson has been in superb form lately, with six goals and six assists over the last 10 games. The Sabres will be without Tuch, who is out with an undisclosed injury.
Betting Trends and Public Betting Data
Washington has a poor record against the spread, going 24-32-5 this season. However, they have been good in the over/under, with a record of 32-24-1. On the other hand, Buffalo has a record of 32-25 against the spread and 13-15-2 in the over/under.
As of now, 58% of the public betting money is on the Sabres to cover the spread, while 55% of the betting money is on the over.
Prediction and Picks
This is a tough game to call, with both teams in a slump of late. However, based on their overall form and recent performances, the Washington Capitals are likely to come out on top in this one. We predict a 3-2 win for the Capitals, which is just enough to cover the +1.5 spread.
Our prediction for the moneyline is that the Capitals will win at +115.
Picks: Capitals (+115)