Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals - 12/11/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (+111) Capitals (-123)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (20-5-6, 1st in the Atlantic Division) head to Capital One Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (22-5-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The Capitals open this matchup at -123 while the Bruins are coming in at +111. The total has been set at 6. The Bruins cover 64.5% of the time, having gone 20-11 SU. Washington covers 65.5% of the time, going 19-10 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this matchup holding a record of 20 wins and 5 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 107 goals which ranks 2nd in the East and 3rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +33, which puts them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins have a total of 46 points, which ranks 2nd in the NHL and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. With regard to shots toward the net, they have a total of 975 which ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the NHL. As a team, Boston has racked up a total of 554 hits which means they are averaging 17.9 per game. They have a total of 293 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 1,149 minutes defending the net for the season. Kinkaid is allowing 2.19 goals against average which ranks him 2nd among East goaltenders and 4th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 42 goals. His save % is .927 which ranks him 3rd among East goaltenders.
The Boston Bruins will look for better times on the ice after their 5 - 2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in their previous game. The Bruins had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 2 out of the 40 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 5 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. Boston ended up with 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 54 and the Corsi against was 29 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 65.1%. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick against was 24, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 56.4%. They took 22 face-off wins and lost 21 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 75.4% and they had a PDO of 80.8 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Ottawa Senators tallied a total of 28 shots. They had 10 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Capitals are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 22 victories and 5 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they currently sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league with +23. They have compiled a total of 114 goals for the year which has them ranked at 1st in the conference. Washington has a team save percentage of .909 which is good for 10th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 11.3% putting them at 2nd in the East. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.84 goals against average and that places him 12th among Eastern Conference goalies and 25th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,352 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's given up 64 goals. He holds a save percentage of .909, which puts him at 12th among Eastern Conference goalies and 26th among goalies in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals faced the Columbus Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Capitals ended up taking the loss by a final score of 5 - 2. For this game, Washington wound up with a 55.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 51 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage was 54.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Blue Jackets having earned a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Washington played and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 86.3 and their percentage of oZS was 48.1%. The Capitals converted 2 goals of the 39 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding their opponent, the Blue Jackets had 5 power play chances but were not able to take advantage. Washington conceded 38 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Boston (+111)
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