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2017 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Quarter Finals Game 1
Date: Thursday April 13th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Washington -198
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Washington -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Round One series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals kicks off Thursday evening.
The season series saw the Maple Leafs grab one win, while the Washington Capitals won the other two, including one in overtime. The Capitals will have the edge here, thanks to home ice advantage.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Drafting Auston Matthews and suiting up six rookies this season made this Toronto Maple Leafs squad exciting to watch, but many didn’t think the team would make it to the playoffs because of inexperience and poor defense.
The Leafs finished with 95 points and the 2nd Wild Card spot in the East, but many consider the team to be the shakiest playoff team because of the amount of overtime losses.
The team benefited from having 15 overtime losses, finishing the year 40-27-15.
Auston Matthews was brilliant all season and needs to be great in this playoff series. He finished with 40 goals and 29 assists.
The Washington Capitals had a wonderful year, finishing with the most points in the NHL. The Capitals ended up with 118 points and a 55-19-8 record, grabbing the top spot in the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Washington was strong on both ends of the ice, finishing 3rd in goals scored and 1st in goals against.
The goaltending of Braden Holtby was fantastic. Holtby finished the year with a 42-13-6 record and a 2.07 goals against average.
Many considered it a down year for Alex Ovechkin, but he’s still the captain and leader of this team, one who is dangerous in the offensive zone. Ovechkin finished with 33 goals and 36 assists on the year.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Washington is 10-2 SU in the last 12 games
- The UNDER is 5-3 in Toronto’s last eight games
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals NHL Playoff Prediction:
Washington had a very convincing end to the season, winning 10 of its last 12 games. Toronto played well also, but is vastly inexperienced in playoff situations and has a lot of young players without any experience. Washington should get a good W in game one.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington ATS
Toronto’s lack of playoff experience is going to make this first game extra difficult for the young players. Washington, at home, has a big advantage. The Capitals should cover the spread in this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 2 – Washington 5
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