Washington at Buffalo Preview: Capitals Wrap Up Road Trip With Monday Clash Against Sabres

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The Washington Capitals wrap up a three-game road trip with a stop in Buffalo to take on the Sabres Monday night. The Capitals lead the season series 4-1 with wins on January 14, January 15, January 22, and February 18. The Sabres locked onto a win 5-4 in a shootout on January 24 at Capital One Arena. Puck drop from KeyBank Center is set for 7 PM ET and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington.

Capitals

Last Game: 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday

Standings: 17-6-4 (38 points) | second in the MassMutual East Division, sixth overall

Goal Leader: Center Nicklas Backstrom (10)

Assist Leader: Backstrom (20)

Point Leader: Backstrom (30)

Goaltenders: Ilya Samsonov has gone 5-0-1 in seven games played. He has a .902 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against average. In twenty games played, Vitek Vanecek has gone 11-5-3, has a .904 save percentage, and 2.88 goals-against average.

Power-Play: 26.9% (6th) | Forward T.J. Oshie leads with 5 power-play goals.

Penalty Kill: 81.4% (11th) | Defenseman Brenden Dillon leads with 27 penalty minutes.

Essential Notes: Center Lars Eller had 1:29 worth of ice time during Saturday’s game before leaving the first period with a lower-body injury. He is day-to-day, according to head coach Peter Laviolette. The Capitals continue with the absence of forward Tom Wilson, who is serving a seven-game suspension.


Sabres

Last Game: 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center on Saturday

Standings: 6-16-4 (16 points) | eighth in the MassMutual East Division, thirty-first overall

Goal Leader: Forward Sam Reinhart (11)

Assist Leader: Center Jack Eichel (16)

Point Leader: Reinhart (19)

Goaltenders: Linus Ullmark, who has faced the Capitals four times this season, has gone 5-4-1 in twelve games played. He has a .919 save percentage and 2.44 goals-against average. In ten games played, Carter Hutton has gone 1-8-1, has a .893 save percentage, and 3.15 goals-against average.

Power-Play: 27.1% (5th) | Forward Victor Olofsson leads with 6 power-play goals.

Penalty Kill: 79.7% (14th) | Forward Taylor Hall leads with 20 penalty minutes.

Essential Notes: The Sabres are riding a ten-game losing streak, having not won a game since February 23 — a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Monday’s game against the Capitals wraps up a three-game homestand before the Sabres take a trip to Newark, New Jersey, to faceoff against the Devils on Tuesday.


Advanced Stats

Over the last five games, the Sabres have dominated in Corsi For (CF% [shot attempts]), scoring chances (SCF%), and expected goals for (xGF%). (Click to enlarge)

A look at goaltenders in the East at even strength (five-on-five) with 200 minutes played: (Click to enlarge)

Stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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