The Boston Bruins will head to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals in an Eastern Conference matchup. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern from Capital One Arena.
Both teams are coming into this game scorching hot. They have both combined to win their last five games and are 1st and 2nd in their division.
Boston Bruins Betting Preview: Can the Bruins figure out how to get the job done on the road.
The Bruins come into this game 5-1-1 which is good enough for second in the division. When playing at home, the Bruins are undefeated. However, playing away is a different story. They recorded their only regulation loss and an overtime loss while in opposing team’s arenas.
The Bruins have been very impressive in net, with both Tuuka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. The tandem is only allowing 2 goals per game which is fourth in the NHL.
Brad Merchand is off to a hot start in the first seven games, scoring four goals and assisting on six others. Patrice Bergeron has also been a force on the ice for the Bruins, tallying five goals and assisting on three.
Another factor that makes the Bruins tough is their penalty kill. The Bruins are killing off 92.3% of the power plays they are facing, which is second best in the league.
Washington Capitals Betting Preview: Can Vanecek be the next Lundqvist?
Rookie goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been a wall between the pipes for the Capitals. In only his first season as the starter, due to Lundqvist’s health condition, Vanecek is 4-0-1 and only allowing 2.75 goals per game.
Having a good goalie is great and all but, scoring goals is always a plus. The Capitals are averaging 3.8 goals per game which is fourth best in the NHL.
Nicklas Backstrom, who was questionable for the game Thursday night, must be feeling better as he was able to lead the Capitals’ offense in time on ice. Backstrom is leading the Capitals in points so far this season with ten; four goals and six assists.
Bruins vs. Capitals Betting Odds & Lines:
BetOnline has the Bruins at -145, and the total at 5.5
The Bruins are 2-5 against the spread so far this season and 2/5 over/under. It seems like every game the Bruins play is very close. Their first four games were decided by a single goal.
The Capitals on the other hand have had no issues covering the spread so far this season with a record of 7-1. They are also 6/2 over/under, which makes sense when you are scoring as many goals as they are.
Tuukka Rask is currently listed as questionable for this game so it is safe to assume Halak will be in net for the Bruins. In the three games he has started this year he is 2-0-1.
The Capitals have played four games at home this season and only dropped a single game in the form of a shootout. The penalty kill for the Bruins has been less than impressive only killing penalties 75.9% of the time. If the Bruins want to find a way to get easy goals, they will need to play fast and hope that leads to minor penalties from the Capitals.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Washington Capitals +135