• Capitals look to end road trip with a win
  • Sabres ride a league-worst six-game losing skid
  • Capitals are favorites on the road

The Washington Capitals will end their three-game road trip on Monday looking to post back to back victories when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. The Capitals cruised past the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday as they came out looking for blood following a heartbreaker in New York on Friday, whereas the Sabres are on the hunt for pieces in the puzzle that tests their consistency since the trade deadline. Battling away from their home ice has been a strong suit for the Capitals this season.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals stole the show in Pittsburgh on Saturday by virtue of a convincing 5-2 triumph. T.J. Oshie was responsible for two points in the victory that kept Washington in the first place of the Metropolitan Division along with the Philadelphia Flyers who continue to be on a roll. With 23 wins in the 35 games on the road, Washington will not settle for anything less in their last game before heading back home to play the league-worst Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres are in the midst of a six-game losing skid that is the longest so far in the NHL. “We haven't earned the puck luck of late and again, so many things to take with for the Washington game, but we need to get some fruits from all this labor," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger told reporters following his team’s 3-1 loss to the Flyers on Saturday. Jack Eichel continues to struggle offensively as he could not break out of a slump that runs at a career-worst seven games now. Jeff Skinner was tapped to man the top line for the Sabres as an adjustment to pick up the slack for his sagging squad. His presence, however, was hardly felt as Buffalo plunges to the sixth spot in the Atlantic while being way behind for the last wildcard spot in the East.

Odd and Trends

The latest NHL Odds affirms their status on the road, tagging them as favorites for Monday’s clash at -165 to win while Buffalo are underdogs at +145.

The Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.

The Sabres are 6-1 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation and 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

Over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and 3-0-1 in Sabres last 4 games a home underdog.

Under is 4-0-1 in Sabres last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.


Capitals win, 3-2.

Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Patrick Smith/Getty Images