Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins - 11/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (6-4-1) at Washington Capitals (8-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -167 / Boston Bruins +151 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, CSNB
The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals square off Thursday at the Verizon Center.
The Boston Bruins look to remain hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 34.2 percent of their power plays. David Krejci leads Boston with seven goals, Patrice Bergeron has seven assists and Brad Marchand has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 70 percent of their power play chances. Jonas Gustavsson has allowed six goals on 70 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 28 goals on 226 shots. Rask has given up six goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals also look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with six goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has eight assists and T.J. Oshie has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 20 goals on 219 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up five goals on 50 shots. Holtby has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Capitals are 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 in their last 12 home games. The Bruins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Bruins have had great success on the road lately, so the plus money is intriguing. However, the Capitals have had their way with the Bruins over the years and have been equally as good on their home ice. I'm going to side with the home team here.