Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 1/30/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-154) Capitals (+130)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (5-0-3) host the Boston Bruins (5-1-1) at Capital One Arena on Saturday. The Bruins open this game at -154 while the Capitals are priced at +130. The over/under opens at 6.5.
The Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 victory over the Penguins in their last contest. The Bruins had a good offensive outing and it showed in this win. For the game, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 20 shots they attempted. They also had 2 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Boston earned a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 30 and the Corsi against was 36 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 45.5%. Their Fenwick was 21 while the Fenwick against was 29, meaning they had a rate of 42.0%. They earned 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 16 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 28.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 111.1 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Pittsburgh Penguins racked up a total of 17 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
Concerning scoring goals, the Boston Bruins have racked up 20 goals (16th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have conceded 13. For the current season, the have a total of 11 points and their points percentage sits at .786. Boston comes into the game with 22 power play opportunities and they have tallied 8 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 36.36%. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have allowed the opponent to score 11 goals while earning 10 of their own. Boston has tried 217 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.2%. The Bruins have had 160 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .919. Boston Bruins opponents have earned 29 power play opportunities (12th in hockey) and have scored 2 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Tuukka Rask. In his professional hockey career, Rask has compiled 316 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .609. His save percentage currently sits at .922 during his 31,063 mins on the ice. Rask has had 14,969 shots taken against him and has accrued 13,797 total saves. Opponents have racked up 1,172 goals versus Rask in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.26. He has compiled a record of 294-159-64 and he started in 519 games. Rask has taken the ice for 540 matchups during his NHL career.
The Capitals went up against the Islanders in a matchup where the Capitals took home the win by a final score of 6 - 3. Washington had a 42.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 38 and they surrendered a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 42.9% by earning a Fenwick of 27 and the Islanders ending the game with a 36 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington had and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO of 117.6 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 30.2%. The Capitals notched 6 goals of the 23 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this game and scored 2 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Islanders had 3 power play attempts and ended up scoring 1 goal. Washington gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Islanders had 16 minutes in the box.
Washington has put up 221 shots (18th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 13.57%, while allowing the other team 253 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 75.86% on their oppositions 29 power play tries, and their save percentage is currently 13.6%. They have a total of 17 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 41.18%. The Capitals have scored 23 goals at even strength and 7 goals (10th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 24 goals to be scored by way of 16 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this year, the Washington Capitals have notched a total of 30 goals, 13 points, in addition to a points percentage of .813.
Across the rink you are likely to see Vitek Vanecek defending the goal. Teams are averaging 2.75 goals per contest and he has surrendered 17 goals overall. Vanecek's quality start percentage comes in at 50.0% and he has qualified for 3 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has been a starter 6 contests and has played 371 minutes. Vanecek has compiled a lifetime record of 4-0-2 and has been in net for 6 contests. He has recorded 183 saves out of the 200 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .915.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (+130) and under 6.5 goals
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