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Hockey odds preview - Washington vs. Boston

Washington Capitals

Boston Bruins
28-23-9 March 01, 2014, 01:00 PM | TD Garden 37-16-5

The Boston Bruins will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Washington Capitals invade TD Garden on Saturday.

Supporters of the Capitals have seen them go 28-23-9 so far this season, while the Bruins are at 37-16-5. In totals betting, the Bruins are 21-20-17, while the Capitals are 29-31.

View Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

The Bruins were listed earlier today as -205 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Bruins and the No. 20-ranked Capitals, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -111 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Boston lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Sabres on February 26. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +205 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 3.1 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.98 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 21.05% while the Capitals defense kills off 81.36% of their penalties.

A few Capitals at Bruins trends to consider:
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
Washington is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Philadelphia, Sunday, March 2nd
Boston at New York, Sunday, March 2nd