Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 5/19/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+140) Bruins (-160)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (33-16-7) host the Washington Capitals (36-15-5) at TD Garden on Wednesday in Game 3. The series is tied 1-1. The odds on this matchup have the Capitals coming in at +140 and the Bruins are at -160. The total is set at 5.5.
The Capitals had a rough game after their 4-3 defeat against the Bruins in Game 2. The Corsi for the Capitals was 52 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 80 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 39.4%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 42.3% and they had a PDO of 97.6 for this one. Washington had 16 mins in the box in this contest. The Capitals played like an average offensive team in the loss. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 64, giving them a Fenwick rate of 37.9%. They had a tally of 21 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 37 opportunities to control the puck. They also had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal. For the outing, they scored on 3 of the 39 shots they put on goal.
In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have notched 188 goals (5th in the league) for the season and have allowed 161. For the current season, they have earned 77 points and their points percentage is sitting at .688. Washington has 153 power play chances and they have added 38 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 24.84%. While at even strength, the Capitals let the opposition score 135 goals while earning 150 when they are on offense. Washington has taken 1,647 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.4%. The Capitals have had 1,612 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .900. Washington Capitals opponents have amassed 162 power play tries (17th in pro hockey) and have racked up 26 goals in those chances.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Vitek Vanecek. Over the course of his time in hockey, Vanecek has tallied 18 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .500. His save percentage currently is .908 for his 2,115 mins on the ice. Vanecek has seen 1,031 shots taken against him and has recorded 936 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 95 goals versus Vanecek in his professional hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.69. He has amassed a record of 21-10-4 and he started in 36 games. Vanecek has been involved in 37 contests during his NHL career.
In Game 2, the Bruins had 2 power play chances in this contest but were not able to net one. The Bruins earned 4 goals out of the 48 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO at even strength of 102 and their oZS percentage was 57.7%. Boston went home with a 60.6% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston played and they showed out in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 62.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 64 and the Capitals having notched a 39 Fenwick.
The Bruins have scored 129 goals at even strength and 35 goals (14th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Boston has taken 1,866 shots (3rd in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.79%, while allowing the other team 1,516 shots. For the year, the Boston Bruins have tallied 164 goals, 73 points, in addition to a points percentage of .652. They have earned 160 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 21.88%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 85.96% on their opponents 178 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.2%. They have permitted 134 goals to be scored by of a combination of 109 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Tuukka Rask in net. Teams are averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has relinquished 1,216 goals overall. Rask's percentage of quality starts comes out to 61.0% and he has 329 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has made the start in 539 contests and has played for a total of 32,206 minutes. Rask has compiled a lifetime record of 306-163-66 and has played in 560 games. He has recorded 14,269 stops out of the 15,485 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .921.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-160)
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