Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Expert NHL Picks 11/16/2019
Game: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+131) Bruins (-145)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (14-2-4, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) travel to TD Garden on Saturday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins (11-3-4, 1st in the Atlantic Division). The Capitals open this contest at +131 while the Bruins are priced at -145. The O/U is set at 6. The Capitals cover 66.7% of the time, having gone 12-6 SU. Boston covers 61.1% of the time, going 11-7 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 14 victories and 2 losses, which is good for 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 77 goals which has them sitting at 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +18, which is good for 2nd in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 32 pts, which has them sitting at 1st in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 628 which has them sitting at 5th in the conference and 10th in the league. As a unit, Washington currently has a total of 345 hits which means they have an average of 17.3 per contest. They currently have a total of 219 blocks for this season. The man looking after the goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has played 803 minutes defending the net for the season. Holtby is surrendering an average of 3.06 goals against average which ranks him 14th among East goalies and 29th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's given up 41 goals. He has a save % of .903 which ranks him 16th among East goalies.
The Washington Capitals were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in their last contest. The Capitals had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the win. For this matchup, they converted 2 of the 36 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't net one. Washington racked up 8 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 41 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 52.3%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 28, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 56.9%. They won 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 60.4% and they had a PDO of 104.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers tallied a total of 31 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Bruins are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 11 victories and 3 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they sit 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +19. They currently have a total of 64 goals for this year which has them ranked at 5th in the conference. Boston has a team save percentage of .920 which has them 4th in the NHL, which means they are a tough team to score against. They are shooting 11.0% which puts them at 5th in the East. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an average season by giving up 2.16 goals against average and that ranks him 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 668 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 24 goals. His save % is .926, which has him ranked 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins faced off against the Florida Panthers in a matchup where the Bruins took a loss by a score of 5 - 4. In this outing, Boston went home with a 65.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 47 while the opposition had a Corsi of 25. Their Fenwick rate came in at 64.4% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Panthers earning a 21 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston had and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO was 96.3 and their oZS percentage was 72.7%. The Bruins scored 4 goals of the 38 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those tries. In discussing their opponent, the Panthers had 4 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 2 goals. Boston gave way to 29 shots on goal and the Panthers had 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-145)
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