Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 2/1/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-143) Capitals (+120)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (6-0-3) host the Boston Bruins (5-1-2) at Capital One Arena on Monday. The line on this game has the Bruins coming in at -143 and the Capitals are at +120. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Bruins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 3 loss against the Capitals in their last contest. The Bruins were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the loss. In the game, they finished 3 of the 43 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 4 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those chances. Boston had a total of 2 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 71 and the Corsi against was 40 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 64.0%. Their Fenwick was 50 while the Fenwick against sat at 31, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 61.7%. They took 20 face-off wins and lost 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 90.7 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Washington Capitals racked up a total of 23 shots. They finished with 8 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play chance.
The Bruins have had 183 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .907. When at even strength, the Bruins have allowed the opponent to score 14 goals while notching 12 as an offensive unit. Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 30 power play opportunities (16th in the league) and have racked up 3 goals in those chances. For the season, they have scored 12 points and their points percentage sits at .750. Boston has taken 260 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.8%. In relation to their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have earned 23 goals (14th in the NHL) on the year and have allowed 17. Boston skates onto the rink with 26 power play opportunities and they have added 9 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 34.62%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Tuukka Rask. The opposition has been able to score 1,176 goals against Rask in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.27. Rask has been involved in 541 contests during his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .922 for his 31,123 minutes in the crease. He has amassed a record of 294-159-65 and he was named the starter in 520 games. For his career, Rask is sitting with 316 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .608. Rask has had 14,992 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 13,816 total saves.
In their win over Boston, Washington went home with a 36.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 40 while they surrendered a Corsi of 71. Their Fenwick rate came in at 38.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Bruins ending the game with a 50 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Washington played and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 109.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Capitals scored 4 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing and were able to convert 1 on that try. Regarding the opposition, the Bruins had 4 power play attempts and ended up scoring 1 goal. Washington gave up 43 shots on goal and the Bruins had 2 minutes in the box.
The Capitals have scored 26 goals at even strength and 8 goals (8th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Washington has put up 244 shots (17th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 13.93%, while allowing the other team 296 shots. So far this year, the Washington Capitals have a total of 34 goals, 15 points, in addition to a points percentage of .833. They have a tally of 18 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 44.44%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 75.76% on their oppositions 33 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 13.9%. They have granted a total of 27 goals to be scored by way of 18 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you will find Vitek Vanecek in net. He has racked up 223 saves out of 243 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .918. Vanecek has a career record of 5-0-2 and has played in 7 games. He has started in 7 contests and has played for a total of 432 mins. Vanecek's rate of quality starts comes out to 57.1% and he has 4 quality starting assignments in his career. His opposition is averaging 2.78 goals per contest and he has allowed 20 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (+120)
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