Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 5/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (34-15-5) play the Boston Bruins (32-14-7) at Capital One Arena on Saturday.
The Bruins were on the losing side of the ice with a 2-1 defeat to the Capitals in their last outing. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 66.5% and their PDO was 97.3 in this game. They recorded 15 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 28 opportunities to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against was 50, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 39.8%. The Corsi for the Bruins came in at 42 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 70 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 37.5%. Boston earned 12 penalty mins in this contest. Moreover, they had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to convert it into a goal. The Bruins left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In the game, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 25 shots they attempted.
In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have notched 164 goals (14th in the National Hockey League) this year and have allowed 134. For the season, they have scored 71 points and their points percentage sits at .670. Boston comes into tonight with 152 power play chances and they have notched 33 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 21.71%. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have allowed 110 goals while scoring 131 themselves. Boston has taken 1,866 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.8%. The Bruins have had 1,516 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .912. Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 175 power play opportunities (2nd in hockey) and have a total of 24 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Tuukka Rask. Opponents have notched 1,216 goals versus Rask in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.27. Rask has been in goal for 560 contests during his pro hockey career. His save percentage currently sits at .921 for his 32,206 minutes guarding the cage. He has amassed a record of 306-163-66 and he has started in 539 games. For his professional hockey career, Rask has earned 329 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .610. Rask has had 15,485 shot attempts against him and has gathered 14,269 total saves.
In their last contest, Washington squared up with the Bruins in a game where the Capitals ended up with the win by a score of 2-1. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game but were not able to net one. The Capitals notched 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had a PDO of 103 and their percentage of oZS was 33.5%. Washington wound up with a 62.5% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington played and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.2% with a Fenwick of 50 and the Bruins finishing with a 33 Fenwick at even strength.
The Capitals have accumulated 150 goals at even strength and 38 goals (6th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. Washington has attempted 1,647 shots (15th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 11.41%, while allowing the opposition 1,612 shots. Over the course of the season, the Washington Capitals have earned 188 goals, 73 points, and a points percentage of .676. They have earned 148 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 25.68%. They have a penalty kill rate of 83.65% on their opponents 159 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.0%. They have allowed 161 goals to be scored by of a combination of 135 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they were shorthanded.
For the opposition you are likely to see Vitek Vanecek in net. He has racked up 936 stops out of the 1,031 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .908. Vanecek holds a career record of 21-10-4 and has been in goal for 37 contests. He has made the start in 36 games and has played for a total of 2,115 minutes. Vanecek's rate of quality starts comes in at 50.0% and he has 18 quality starts in his hockey career. His opposition is averaging 2.69 goals per contest and he has given up 95 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington
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