Ordinarily I would pass on this game. Buffalo optimizes the parity in the league this year by continuing to post surprising and often inexplicable wins in the face of the odds saying "no chance." Today, however, the key to this match is the absence of Sabres goalie Robin Lehner who has performed miraculously for Buffalo this season and who is sitting out today's game with an upper-body injury. Missing Lehner AND Jack Eichel will be too much for the Sabres to overcome and I see the Capitals' odds as a gift. Take Washington to win without reservation.
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Nashville can score a lot of goals when it meets opponents like Ottawa, and the Senators have been involved in six out of their last eight games where the total goal output has exceeded seven including the Feb. 8 4-3 OT Ottawa win at home. Look for this game to be an end-to-end match with plenty of scoring. My pick says that the chances are going to get converted into lots of goals. Over is the play at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight.
The season could not end soon enough for Minnesota. (Thanks to the moved-up Big Ten tournament, it will end soon.) If G Dupree McBrayer (knee) is unavailable against Wisconsin, the Gophers will be down five key players from injuries and expulsion. Wisconsin is coming off an upset of Purdue in which its defense was deadly. The Gophers have dropped eight in a row straight-up and, covering just once, the margins of defeat have often been substantial. Even at fuller strength, they tend to struggle in Madison.
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As bad a season as it's been for Wisconsin, at least the Badgers are coming off a win over Purdue. And they have one of the 10 best players in the nation in Ethan Happ. After suspending center Reggie Lynch and losing forward Amir Coffey, the Golden Gophers are 1-11 SU and 2-9 ATS. Minnesota may also be without Dupree McBrayer, who has missed the last two games with a leg injury. Lay the points.
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The Sooners have dropped seven straight road games, and they come in on a five-game overall skid. The Jayhawks have won four straight and are playing with revenge. In my simulations, the Jayhawks cover this spread 64 percent of the time. Lay the points.
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