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Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins - 12/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (20-10-5) at Washington Capitals (22-14-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Capitol One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, NBCSN

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Boston Bruins look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 15 goals, Brad Marchand has 17 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 51 goals on 625 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 29 goals on 379 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed a combined three goals in their last four games. 

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Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins - 12/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 23 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 26 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 71 goals on 863 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 31 goals on 305 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 12 games.

The Bruins are 6-1 in their last 7 road games, 6-15 in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games. The Capitals are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 36-16 in their last 52 Thursday games and 41-14 in their last 55 home games. The Bruins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Washington, 6-20 in the last 26 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Boston Bruins are worth a serious look here based on the way they've played the last week and the fact they've given up just three goals in their last nine periods. However, the Washington Capitals are playing great defense as well over the last month, and they've owned the Bruins in past meetings. In fact, Washington has won the last 10 meetings against Boston and has outscored the Bruins 16-9 in the last four meetings. Give me the home team here based on the history. 

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