Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 5/11/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-108) Capitals (-115)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (34-15-5) host the Boston Bruins (32-14-7) at Capital One Arena on Tuesday. The Capitals open this game at -115 while the Bruins are coming in at -108. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Bruins had a rough game after their 5-4 defeat against the Rangers in the last game they played. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 70 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 29 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 70.7%. Their offensive zone starts were at 65.5% and they had a PDO of 80.8 for this game. Boston tallied 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Bruins had a good offensive output in the loss. Their Fenwick was 54 and the Fenwick Against sat at 25, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 68.4%. They tallied 25 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 26 attempts to win the puck. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts and notched 1 goal. In the outing, they finished 4 out of the 39 shots they attempted.
The Bruins have had 1,466 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .911. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have surrendered 106 goals while getting 127 as an offensive unit. Boston Bruins opponents have recorded 175 power play opportunities (2nd in pro hockey) and have tallied 24 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have racked up 71 points and their points % is .670. Boston has taken 1,803 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.9%. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have racked up 160 goals (12th in the league) this year and have given up 130. Boston has accumulated 152 power play chances and they have scored 33 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 21.71%.
The man in net for this game is Jeremy Swayman. Swayman has been in net for 9 games over the course of his pro hockey career. He has a record of 7-2-0 and he has gotten the start in 9 games. Opponents have scored 13 goals against Swayman in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 1.44. Swayman has had 239 shots taken against him and has amassed 226 total saves. His save percentage is at .946 for his 542 minutes in the crease. For his professional hockey career, Swayman has earned 8 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .889.
In their last contest, Washington played the Flyers in a game where the Capitals got the victory by a mark of 2-1. Washington had a 53.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Washington had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.7% by earning a Fenwick of 44 and the Flyers having accrued a 38 Fenwick. They had a PDO of 102 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 44.8%. The Capitals recorded 2 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net.
Washington has taken 1,615 shots (16th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.52%, while allowing their opponents 1,587 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 83.65% on their opponents 159 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 89.9%. They have a total of 148 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 25.68%. The Capitals have scored 148 goals at even strength and 38 goals (6th in the league) while on the power play. They have permitted 160 goals to be scored by way of 134 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. During this campaign, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 186 goals, 73 points, in addition to a points percentage of .676.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Vitek Vanecek defending the goal. Vanecek is the owner of a career mark of 20-10-4 and has played in 36 games. Vanecek's percentage of quality starts sits at 48.6% and he has accumulated 17 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He is sitting with 912 stops out of 1,006 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .907. His opponents are averaging 2.74 goals per contest and he has given up 94 goals overall. He was named a starter in 35 games and his ice time sits at 2,055 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-108)
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