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Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins - 2/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (25-21-6) at Washington Capitals (33-11-6)
Date & Time Wednesday February 1, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Washington Capitals / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
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The Washington Capitals look to shake off a loss in Brooklyn as they return home to battle the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Bruins look for their second win in as many games as they are coming off a road win last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning and they will be out for more against a very good Capitals side that will certainly be an upgrade in talent over the slumping Bolts. Boston is in the mix for a playoff spot in the Atlantic division and would get a huge boost with a road win against the Capitals who are easily among the league’s elite, but the Verizon Center isn’t kind to visiting teams and with Washington coming off a loss you can be sure they will be ready for a rebound in this spot. Tuukka Rask will likely get the start as he has been a work horse in the Boston crease as he will face off against Braden Holtby who returns to actions after sitting out last night’s game against the Islanders.

The Caps look to respond after a disappointing effort last night at the Barclay’s Center as they return home for a show against the Bruins in a game where they will likely drop the puck as big time home favorites. There is no denying that the Caps are one of the league’s best teams but we have seen this story from them season after season and until they can break through and go on a serious playoff push they will be considered one of the best regular season teams to never win a Stanley Cup and that could greatly affect the ending legacy of the great Alex Ovechkin. However, for this night I think the Caps will be in a nice spot to bounce back, especially with Holtby between the pipes.

The Bruins are 2-9 in their last 11 against the Metro and 1-4 in their last five road games while the Caps are 43-11 in their last 54 against the Atlantic and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The B’s are a nice team but they fall short on talent and on the score board here as Washington gets back to business after a sluggish outing yesterday.

Washington Capitals -0.5
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