NHL Thursday: Peterson picks Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate a goal.Associated Press Photo / Chris Szagola

NHL Thursday: Peterson picks Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Buffalo Sabres (+265) @ Washington Capitals (-335), 7 pm EDT; Philadelphia Flyers (+138) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (-167), 7 pm EDT.

Buffalo Sabres (+265) @ Washington Capitals (-335), 7 pm EDT

The Washington Capitals are 28-11-4 and sit at the top of the East with the New York Islanders nipping at their heels. 6-4 in their last ten, the Capitals will play host to an improving Buffalo Sabres squad that has found success of late with recent victories over Philadelphia, New York (Rangers) and New Jersey. Sitting at eighth in the division, Buffalo will have all they can handle and then some when they face the Capitals Thursday evening.

Both the Capitals and the Sabres have gone over 5.5 goals in four of their past five games. Both teams are averaging four goals scored per game over their last ten games. With The Capitals offensive firepower and the Sabres finally finding their game, the goals should pile up fast on Thursday night in Washington DC. The over is the obvious play here.

PICK: Over 6 (+107)

Philadelphia Flyers (+138) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (-167), 7 pm EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit at third in the East and have been one of the more consistent teams this season, compiling an impressive record of 27-13-2. The Penguins have won eight of their past ten games and will play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. The Flyers are 4-6 in their past ten.

In addition to taking Pittsburgh on the Moneyline, invest in the over here as well. Pittsburgh has gone over six goals in their past five games and these two teams have a track record of high-scoring games when they collide. In the past three meetings this season, the over has cashed in each time at seven goals.

PICK: Pittsburgh Penguins Moneyline (-167), Over 6 (-107)

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