Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 5/17/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Monday, May 17, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-119) Capitals (+108)
Capital One Arena is the site where Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (34-15-5) will play the Boston Bruins (32-14-7) on Monday. The Capitals open this matchup at +108 while the Bruins are coming in at -119. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Bruins will look for better times on the ice after their 2-1 loss to the Capitals in their previous game. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 66.5% and they had a PDO of 97.3 in this game. They amassed 15 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 28 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against was 50, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.8%. The Corsi for the Bruins came in at 42 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 70 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 37.5%. Boston tallied 12 penalty mins in this matchup. In addition, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. The Bruins didn't have a great showing offensively in this loss. In the game, they finished 1 of the 25 shots they looked to score on.
When talking about their scoring, the Boston Bruins have racked up 164 goals (14th in hockey) on the season and have given up 134. For the current campaign, the have a total of 71 points and their points percentage is sitting at .670. Boston is sitting with 152 power play opportunities and they have tallied 33 goals out of those advantages, earning them a rate of 21.71%. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have allowed the opponent to score 110 goals while having 131 on the offensive side of the ice. Boston has attempted 1,866 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.8%. The Bruins have had 1,516 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .912. Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 175 power play opportunities (2nd in professional hockey) and have tallied 24 goals in those chances.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Tuukka Rask. Opponents have scored 1,216 goals against Rask in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.27. Rask has been involved in 560 games over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .921 for his 32,206 minutes on the ice. He has accumulated a mark of 306-163-66 and he started in 539 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Rask has recorded 329 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .610. Rask has had 15,485 shots against him and has accrued 14,269 total saves.
In their last contest, Washington faced the Bruins in an outing where the Capitals notched a victory by a tally of 2-1. Their PDO was 103 and their oZS percentage was 33.5%. They had 1 power play attempt in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage was 60.2% by compiling a Fenwick of 50 and the Bruins having accrued a 33 Fenwick at even strength. The Capitals netted 2 goals of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. Washington had a 62.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Washington played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future.
So far this year, the Washington Capitals have accumulated 188 goals, 73 points, and a points percentage of .676. They have allowed 161 goals to be scored by way of 135 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Capitals have scored 150 goals at even strength and 38 goals (6th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 148 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.68%. Washington has put up 1,647 shots (15th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 11.41%, while allowing their opponents 1,612 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 83.65% on their oppositions 159 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 90.0%.
For the opposition you are going to see Vitek Vanecek patrolling the crease. Vanecek is the owner of a career record of 21-10-4 and has participated in 37 games. Vanecek's rate of quality starts is 50.0% and he has made 18 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He has accounted for 936 saves out of the 1,031 shots attempted, which gives him a save % of .908. His opposition is averaging 2.69 goals per game and he has allowed 95 goals altogether. He has been a starter 36 games and has racked up 2,115 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-119)
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