The Boston Bruins look like a team with unfinished business. Their failure to finish off the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final was seen by some as a portent of things to come. There were plenty of worries about a potential hangover with the NHL Odds. Instead the Bruins have jumped out of the gate in dominant fashion as one of the most complete teams in the league. Speaking of hangovers, the Washington Capitals certainly had one last season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. But this year the Caps are showing the focus and defensive responsibility that allowed them to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail.
Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Center, Washington, DC
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Bruins vs. Capitals TV Coverage: NBCSN
Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Wagering Odds Analysis
Betting action with the NHL Odds should be about dead even on both sides. These are the two best teams in the Eastern Conference that are in top form. Beyond that each team is a marquee brand with the casual public.
Boston Bruins Current Form
Boston leads the Atlantic Division with a record of 20-4-2-4 with a mark of 14-15-1 under the total. Overall the Bruins rank fourth in the NHL for goal scoring, third for the power play, second for goals against, and eighth for the penalty kill. Boston has won eight of their last 10 games with five of their last six going under the total.
Washington Capitals Current Form
Washington skates into this one with a record of 22-4-3-2 and 20-11 over the total. The Caps have won eight of their last 10 games with four of their last six matchups being over the total. NHL metrics have the Caps ranked third for goal scoring, fifth for the power play, 11th for goals against, and 11th for penalty killing. Washington leads the Metropolitan Division ahead of the New York Islanders.
Key Bruins: LW Brad Marchand (18 GOALS, 26 ASSISTS, 44 PTS, +18, 3 PPG, 10 PPA), RW David Pastrnak (25 GOALS, 18 ASSISTS, 43 POINTS, +11, 12 PPG, 4 PPA), D Torey Krug (4 GOALS, 15 ASSISTS, +17, 2 PPG, 4 PPA), G Tuukka Rask (13-2-3, 2.15 GAA, .929 SAVE PCT, 2 SO), G Jaroslav Halak (7-2-3, 2.22 GAA, .930 SAVE PCT, 2 SO)
Key Capitals: D John Carlson (11 GOALS, 32 ASSISTS, 43 PTS, +20, 2 PPG, 11 PPA), LW Alex Ovechkin (20 G, 11 A, 31 PTS. -3, 8 PPG, 2 PPA), C Evgeny Kuznetsov (12 GOALS, 17 ASSISTS, +9, PPG 4, 6 PPA), G Braden Holtby (15-2-4, 2.78 GAA, .910 SAVE PCT), G Ilya Samsonov (7-2-1, 2.42 GAA, .917 SAVE PCT)
Boston and Washington against the Spread
The Bruins are:
14-5 in their last 16 games on road ice
7-2-2 under the total away from home
2-9 in their last 11 games at Washington
4-1-1 over the total on the road against the Capitals
The Capitals are:
8-3 in their last 11 games at Capital One Center
11-2 over the total on home ice
17-3 in their last 20 head to head games with Boston
5-4-1 over the total in their series with the Bruins
Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals NHL Betting Pick
On this occasion we have the two best teams and most recent Eastern Conference champions facing off. Specifically, the difference between these two teams in the head to head dominance of the Capitals. Washington own the Bruins, especially at Capital One Arena.
Bruins vs. Capitals NHL Odds Best Bet: Washington Capitals
Bruins vs. Capitals NHL Odds Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Bruins 2
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