Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Boston Bruins -141 / Washington Capitals +115
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The Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Washington Capitals will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in their last outing. Tom Wilson opened the scoring for the Caps just 4:21 into the game, but the lead lasted just 5:07 before Philly tied the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. In the 2nd, Washington jumped out to a 4-1 lead with goals from T.J. Oshie and a pair from Jakub Vrana over a span of 6:36, carrying that into the 2nd intermission. Philly added a pair of late goals in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 4-3, but it was too little too late as Oshie added an empty-netter to secure the win. Pheonix Copley got the win to improve to 10-2-2 this season after stopping 37 of the 40 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Boston Bruins will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild in their last outing. Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk each scored in the opening period to give the B’s a 3-0 lead after the opening period and Patrice Bergeron would add a 4th goal in the 2nd period for the 4-0 lead that would hold up the rest of the way as Boston secured the victory with both Marchand and Bergeron having 3-point nights with a goal and two assists. Tuukka Rask got the win to improve to 12-8-2 this season after stopping all 24 shots faced for his 1st shutout of the year.
Washington is 28-11 in their last 39 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Atlantic division. Boston is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 38-13 in their last 51 home games while the under is 21-6-3 in their last 30 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Washington is 22-6 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
These two teams haven’t played since opening night but I still remember cashing on Washington in the 7-0 win over the Bruins. I’m sure that Boston hasn’t forgotten about that beating and will be eager to return the favor here. However, if Rask gets the start, he has just one win in 18 career starts against the Capitals and even with Boston in solid form during their winning streak, I have to side with Washington given the head-to-head trends between the two. Washington has flat out owned Boston dating back quite some time now and there’s not enough between the two to make me think that it’ll change here so I’ll take a shot with Washington and the plus money on Thursday.