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Washington Has Doled Out Capital Punishment Against Bruins

After a wild night in the NHL, we have just three games on the schedule this evening – awesome. Nothing like a 14-game schedule to get you pumped up for hockey again only to get knocked back down to earth the next day when you realize just how bad the NHL schedule is. The Capitals and Bruins were both involved in that circus yesterday and will face off today at the Verizon Center.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 1-4 SU on the 2nd half of their last 5 back-to-backs, the Bruins are 0-5.
  • The Bruins are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games against the Capitals.
  • The Capitals are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at home against teams with losing records.

It’s clear that neither of these teams has been successful on the second halves of back-to-backs so let’s consider other factors like the one where Washington is the best team in the league and Boston is pretty bad. Stud goalie Braden Holtby got the night off last night and will be ready to lace them up against a Bruins team he owns a .948 save percentage against in 12 career starts.

I don’t need much else to persuade me to back the Caps tonight but just for fun, let’s take a look at some more comparables where Washington is 19-6 SU at home and Boston is 10-13 SU on the road against teams from the East. The Bruins may be on a three-game winning streak but I think this is just Claude Julien’s last gasp.

The Bru’ Crew could be getting blown out tonight and it doesn’t seem like a terrible idea to take the Capitals on the puckline.

Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Boston Bruins have seen them go 26-21-6 so far this season, while the Capitals are at 33-11-6. In totals betting, the Washington Capitals are 22-18-10, while the Bruins are 24-24-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Boston injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Washington Capitals at No. 2 and the Boston Bruins at No. 5 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 5-ranked offense (3.24 goals per game) against a Boston Bruins defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 20.67% rate while the Bruins have a 86.71% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -105 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Washington lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on January 31. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Washington is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
  • Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Toronto, Saturday, February 4th
Washington at Montreal, Saturday, February 4th

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