Bruins at Capitals - 4/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (41-25-13) at Washington Capitals (44-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -137 / Boston Bruins +124 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals play Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Boston Bruins look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last five games and have won three straight when scoring at least three goals. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have combined for 44 goals, Loui Eriksson has 24 assists and Milan Lucic has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 147 goals on 1,923 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 35 goals on 425 shots.
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The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have four power play goals in their last three games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 52 goals, Marcus Johansson has 26 assists and Troy Brouwer has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 154 goals on 1,984 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 35 goals on 294 shots.
The Bruins are 32-11 in their last 43 vs. Metropolitan and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 17-8 in their last 25 home games. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
In a toss up game between two teams looking to stay hot heading into the playoffs, I'm going to side with the home team. The Capitals have done a fine job of defending home ice and Ovechkin is playing some of his best hockey of the season right now.