Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/9/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-122) Capitals (-101)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (44-14-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) head to Scotiabank Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (41-20-8, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this contest has the Bruins coming in at -122 and the Capitals are at -101. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Bruins are covering 62.9% of the time, having gone 44-26 SU. Washington covers 56.9% of the time, going 37-28 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 44 victories and 14 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 227 goals which ranks 6th in the conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +60, which is good for 1st in the league. The Bruins have compiled a total of 100 pts, which ranks 1st in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 2,247 which ranks 6th in the East and 10th in the league. As a team, Boston has collected a total of 1,562 hits which means they are averaging 22.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 754 blocks for this year. The goaltender for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 2,402 mins minding the net for the season. Rask is conceding an average of 2.12 goals against average which has him placed 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 2nd in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he has given up 85 goals. He holds a save percentage of .929 which has him placed 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Bruins will need a bounce back game after taking a 3 - 2 loss to the Lightning in their previous contest. The Bruins offense left a lot to be desired in this defeat. For the outing, they earned a goal on 2 of the 27 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 4 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Boston racked up 11 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 43 and the Corsi against was 54 giving them a Corsi percentage of 44.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 while the Fenwick against sat at 44, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. They took 26 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 56.5% and they had a PDO of 102.6 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning tallied a total of 35 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 17 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Capitals will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 41 wins and 20 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the East and 7th in the NHL with +24. They have a total of 236 goals for the year which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Washington has a save percentage as a team of .898 which has them sitting 28th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.7% ranking them 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough season by surrendering 3.11 GAA and that has him ranked 25th in the East and 53rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,743 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 142 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897, which has him ranked 30th in the East and 58th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Capitals played the Flyers in an outing where the Capitals took a loss by a mark of 3 - 1. For this outing, Washington had a 47.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 26 and they surrendered a Corsi of 29. They had a Fenwick percentage of 46.5% by earning a Fenwick of 20 and the Flyers ending the game with a 23 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 91.4 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 60.3%. The Capitals scored 1 goal of the 17 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Flyers had 6 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. Washington gave up 21 shots on goal and the Flyers ended up with 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-122)
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