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NHL Betting: Sharks vs. Caps

San Jose and Washington are both hitting their stride and it's setting up to be a thrilling NHL betting matchup with the Capitals as -140 home favorites against the Sharks on Tuesday night.

The Sharks (+120) are 7-0-1 over the past eight games, after a six-game losing skid had them questioning their ability. It looks like the Sharks have found a groove and they look to continue their dominance of the Capitals, who they have beaten 12 of the past 13 head-to-head. They have also pulled to within three points of Dallas in the Pacific Division.

Washington has won back-to-back, beating heavyweights Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. And they are just three points behind Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division. The Capitals may have to do without stud defenseman Mike Green, who is having concussion-like symptoms. That could hurt their power play, which is ranked well below the Sharks.

For the Capitals to win as favorites they need to break through Antti Niemi, who has gone 6-1-1 with a 1.47 GAA in his past eight road starts. If you weigh the Sharks' record against the Capitals - and their recent play behind Niemi – this could be the best road underdog bet of the night in the NHL betting schedule.

When you think of the Washington Capitals, one thinks of offense and plenty of it, but ironically it’s the UNDER bettor who has seen the payout window on 37 occasions this season.

The Montreal Canadiens will try to make it five straight when they face off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup on Wednesday night, which is sure to draw a lot of attention on the NHL betting lines at Bovada.

Montreal will be a likely road underdog, despite its dominance of the Bruins. They could draw even with the Bruins atop the Northeast Division if they win in regulation. Boston has lost three of the last four against the Canadiens by just one goal - but they are better in net and score over three goals per game, which is better than their opponents.

The Bruins are just 14-10-1 at home, but the good news is that Montreal is only sitting at 12-12-1 on the road. Boston had won three straight until being shut out by the mighty Sharks on Saturday. Montreal is also coming off a loss to the New Jersey Devils last time out.

While Boston is playing good hockey, the Montreal Canadiens are nipping at their heels and could be a good wager as a road underdog against a Bruins team they simply dominate in the regular season.

With both teams ranking near the top of the league in goals against, it’s no wonder that UNDER bettors have cashed in nearly 2/1 in favor of the OVER bet this season.