Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Capitals NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(33-16-7) Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (36-15-5)
Date: Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Time: 7:15pm ET
Venue: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -121 Capitals +108
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Bruins -1.5 +190 Capitals +1.5 -230
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
On Saturday night these two teams will start the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals. I’m sure both team will be eager to get it going after both team’s are coming in off of exceptional regular seasons. Lets break down this match up and find a game 1 winner!
The Boston Bruins will be coming into this game as a road favorite, they have been one of the best teams thru out the regular season but really turned it on in the last quarter of the season. They are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and will be looking for a hot start in the playoffs.
These two teams have both been very competitive when playing each other over the last 10 meeting the Bruins are 5-3-2 averaging 3.40 goals per game. During the season the Bruins averaged 2.93 so the offence definitely ticks up a notch when these two team meet.
Defensively in the last 10 vs Washington they have averaged giving up 3 goals per game during the season they averaged allowing 2.39 goals per game, so both teams have shown great offensive capabilities when they meet. If the Bruins want to win this game and the series they will need to tighten up defensively and get great goaltending.
Speaking of goaltending it should be Tuukka Rask getting game 1, he has had a really strong season with a 15-5-2 record and a good 2.28 GAA he has kept the bruins in most games. Plus in his last 8 starts he is 7-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .923 save percentage. They have had very good depth in the crease and I think even though I project Rask to go in game 1 I can imagine he won’t be the only Bruins goalie we see in this series.
The Washington Capitals come into game 1 as probably slightly hotter then the Bruins. They ended the 2020-21 regular season with four wins in their last five games and in the last 10 the caps are 7-2-1 but only 3-2-1 at home, They should have extra motivation to grab a win here at home.
As mentioned above these teams play each other very closely Caps 5-5 last 10 vs the Bruins. One major strength for the Capitals and is something to watch in this series is the Capitals powerplay. It is 3rd best in the league and when these teams meet up the Caps almost average a PP goal per game!
Another strength the Capitals have is their PK, it ranks 5th in the league and vs Boston is have been above average at 86%. I know Boston has a really strong PK but for me the Capitals have the special teams advantage.
Vitek Vanecek should be the starter game 1 he has had a nice season 20-10-4 with a 2.69 goals against average. He has decent numbers vs Boston 4-3 with a 2.86 GAA. He will need to be sharp as we know the Bruins can score with the best of them.
NHL Betting Trends
- Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Bruins are 6-2 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Bruins last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 home games.
Free Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals NHL Prediction:
Picking winners in the playoffs is a challenging task, both teams coming into the playoffs hot and these two teams always play each other close. For me I am going to take the Washington Capitals on the money line tonight. The Bruins are just 2-2-1 in their last 10 away from Boston. Washington has the number 1 PP and the Bruins only the 17th best PK on the road. It will be close and its a great way to kick off the quest for the cup. Take the Capitals on the moneyline in Game 1!
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington Capitals ML +108
The trends say play the under here and I have to agree. I know these teams like to score but this is playoff hockey its not as wide open as the regular season. For me Caps ML and Under 5.5! Good luck!
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