Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/3/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+136) Bruins (-150)
TD Garden is the venue where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (12-5-2) will play the Washington Capitals (12-5-4) on Wednesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Capitals coming in at +136 and the Bruins are at -150. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Capitals went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3-2 win against the Devils in the last game they played. The Capitals were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in this victory. For the matchup, they converted 3 out of the 23 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play tries but didn't get a goal. Washington accrued 11 minutes in the box in this matchup. The Corsi for the Capitals was 34 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 44 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 43.6%. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick Against sat at 32, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 47.5%. They had 25 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 16 attempts to take control of the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 103.2 for this matchup.
The Capitals have had 631 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .894. At even strength, the Capitals let the opposition score 53 goals while scoring 56 of their own. Washington Capitals opponents have earned 70 power play tries (10th in pro hockey) and have scored 14 goals in those chances. For the season, they sit with 28 points and their points percentage sits at .667. Washington has taken 606 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.9%. When talking about their scoring, the Washington Capitals have tallied 72 goals (4th in the NHL) on the season and have allowed 67. Washington has tallied 55 power play chances and they have added 16 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 29.09%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Vitek Vanecek. Vanecek has taken the ice for 17 matchups throughout his hockey career. He has earned an overall record of 9-4-3 and he was named the starter in 17 games. Opponents have notched 47 goals versus Vanecek in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.81. Vanecek has seen 517 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 470 saves. His save percentage sits at .909 for his 1,005 mins played. In his career, Vanecek has 9 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .529.
Their last time out, Boston faced the Rangers in a game where the Bruins got the victory by a mark of 4-1. They had a PDO of 103 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 42.6%. They had 1 power play chance in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 62.5% with a Fenwick of 45 and the Rangers finishing with a 27 Fenwick. The Bruins scored 4 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. Boston earned a 58.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston played and they played a solid game.
Boston has tried 610 shots (17th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 9.34%, while allowing the opposition 493 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 87.88% on their opponents 66 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.9%. They have earned 56 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 26.79%. The Bruins have racked up 42 goals at even strength and 15 goals (15th in the league) while on the power play. They have permitted 50 goals to be scored by of a combination of 42 goals at even strength and 8 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this year, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 57 goals, 26 points, in addition to a points percentage of .684.
Across the rink you are likely to see Tuukka Rask protecting the net. Rask is the owner of a career mark of 299-161-65 and has been in goal for 548 contests. Rask's quality start percentage sits at 60.5% and he has accumulated 319 quality starts in his career. He has a tally of 13,996 stops out of the 15,192 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .921. The opposition is averaging 2.28 goals per game and he has yielded 1,196 goals altogether. He has started in 527 games and his ice time sits at 31,540 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (+136)
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