Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Capitals NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(33-16-7) (0-1) Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (1-0) (36-15-5)
Date: Monday, May 17th, 2021
Time: 7:30pm ET
Venue: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -130 Capitals +110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Bruins -1.5 +195 Capitals +1.5 -235
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
On Sunday night the Capitals will host the Bruins for game 2. Washington is up 1-0 in the series after a 3-2 Overtime win on Friday night.
The Boston Bruins always seemed to be playing catch up in the game 1 they never had the lead and the pressure was almost always on them on not go down by 2. Despite the loss Tuukka Rask was good, 29 saves on 32 shots and kept his team within striking range.
Boston’s two goals comes from Jake DeBrusk in the first period and Nick Ritchie in the second period. Bruins mustered up only 26 shots in the game. David Pastrank had 6 of those shots while Charlie McAvoy has 5. If the bruins want to win this game and stay competitive in this series you’d have to think they will need more of their stars to put more pucks toward the Washington net.
Speaking of the Washington net, they have some injury concerns and will be interesting to see who goes in net in game 2 and throughout the series.
My best guess is that they will go back to Rask for game 2 he wasn’t what cost them the opener, he will need to be equally as sharp if not better if they want to take this game 2 and knot up the series at 1
The Washington Capitals came into game 1 the slightly hotter team then the Bruins, they played the better game and got the result that they probably deserved. The Capitals out hit and out shot the Bruins. Caps never trailed in the game and made it hard on the bruins to make sure they played mistake free hockey.
The major story line coming out of game 1 was the injury to Vitek Vanechek in the early part of game 1. He was hurt while trying to save a Jake DeBrusk shot off of a faceoff, the shot went in and afterwards he was very slow to get up and was removed the from game and replaced by Craig Anderson who was sharp making 21 saves on 22 shots to get the win.
Vitek Vanecek is listed as day-to-day and was not on the ice for the optional skate on Sunday, no goalie has been confirmed by either team but I would think the Caps will go back to Anderson. He was great in relief on Saturday and deserves another game if Vanecek can’t go.
NHL Betting Trends
- Bruins are 9-2 in their last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Bruins are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite.
- Bruins are 36-16 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Capitals are 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog.
- Capitals are 5-13 in their last 18 Monday games.
- Over is 5-2-2 in Bruins last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 9-1-1 in Capitals last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Free Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals NHL Prediction:
This is a difficult game to pick a winner, it was a very tightly contested game 1 and it came down to overtime to find a winner there, I took Washington to win game 1, but can’t take them a second time. Bruins will be hungry for this win and the goalie issues for Washington land me on the Bruins moneyline
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Boston Bruins ML -130
I took Washington and the under in game 1 I will be fully flipping those picks in game 2, Bruins and the Over for me! Good luck!
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