NHL Midweek Action
The Bruins are fighting to make the playoffs and they have to play the Capitals, who have already wrapped up the top seed in the East, twice in Washington their last four games starting with tonight’s game.
Boston Bruins (36-30-12 84 pts) at Washington Capitals (51-15-12 114 pts)
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Tonight in an important Eastern Conference match up for the away team the Washington Capitals host the Boston Bruins. Boston is tied with Philadelphia for the seventh spot in the East two points ahead of the New York Rangers and three points ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers. Boston can really help themselves tonight with a win, as Philadelphia, Atlanta, and New York are not in action tonight.
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This season Washington is 28-5-5 at home and Boston is 20-13-6 on the road.
Both teams won in their last games on Saturday night, as Boston beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 and Washington beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
Washington has won two in a row and is 6-1-3 in their last 10 games and Boston is coming off a win and is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
The Bruins have lost both games against the Capitals this season and have lost their last four games in Washington.
To say that tonight’s match up is between two teams with contrasting styles is a major understatement. The Capitals have the highest scoring team in the NHL and an iffy defense while the Bruins are the lowest scoring team in the league, but win with their defense.
One of the main reasons Boston is in the playoff picture has been the play of G Tuukka Rask (20 wins 1.97 GAA save percentage 93.1%). Rask leads the NHL in GAA and is 4-2-0 with a GAA of only 1.21 GAA and two shutouts in his last seven games and in both losses to Washington this season G Tim Thomas was the Boston starter.
Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who ranks second in the league in both points (102) and goals (46), has scored four goals in his last three games against Boston, but he has not scored a goal in his last three games.
The Capitals have the best home record in the Eastern Conference, but this game really means nothing to them and Boston has a better record on the road than they do at home.
Boston is 4-0 in their last four away games.
Tuesday NHL Odds
New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo has already made the playoffs while the Rangers are on the outside looking in trailing Philadelphia and Boston by three points in the East. The Rangers need to finish the season strong and may need some help in order to make the post-season.
San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames
Calgary trails Colorado by two points for the last playoff spot in the West and this game may be vital for them. On Tuesday Vancouver, who has the best home record in the NHL, hosts Colorado so if Calgary wins and Colorado loses they will be tied for eighth in the Western Conference.
Wednesday NHL Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers
The Rangers play Buffalo on Monday and host Toronto, who have the fewest points in the East, and they may have to win both games to have any shot at making the playoffs.
Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes
There is a good chance this is a preview of a first round series in the Western Conference, as on Monday Phoenix is in the fourth spot and Nashville is in the fifth spot.