Two of the top three teams in the East Division will clash at Capital One Arena when the Boston Bruins tangle with the Washington Capitals on Monday night. The Bruins will be looking for their fourth win in five games, as will the Capitals.
BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Boston -142, while Washington checks in at +129. The Bruins are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 5.5.
Boston Bruins Betting Preview: Stay the Course
The Boston Bruins come into play with a record of 5-1-2 for 12 points, good for third place in the East Division, three points behind the Washington Capitals. The Bruins are hitting their stride, winning four of their last five games.
Boston will be playing Washington for the second consecutive game. Their first game on Saturday went to overtime, where the Bruins fell just short.
Patrice Bergeron notched three assists in the loss. Boston fell behind 3-0 in the second period before the Bruins responded with three unanswered to force overtime. Brad Marchand scored his fifth goal of the season in the loss, and Nik Richie added his fourth. Tukka Rask made 19 saves on 23 shots.
On the season, Bergeron and Marchand are off to fantastic starts, both registering 11 points thus far. Both players have scored five goals and dished out six assists.
Defenseman Charlie McAvoy has a goal and six assists for seven points. Between the pipes, Rask has a record of 3-1-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and a save percentage of .890.
Washington Capitals Betting Preview: Foot on the Gas
The Washington Capitals come into play with a record of 6-0-3 for 15 points. The Caps lead the East Division by two points over the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Saturday night, the Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-3 in overtime. Alexander Ovechkin was the game’s number one star with a goal and an assist. His goal was the game-winner in overtime.
Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and assisted on two others, and goaltender Vitali Vanecek made 40 saves on 43 shots to preserve the victory.
On the season, Backstrom is pacing the Capitals’ offense with five goals scored and eight assists for 13 points. The goal for Ovechkin was just his second on the season.
Defenseman John Carlson has scored three goals and added seven assists for 10 points. Between the pipes, Vanecek has a record of 5-0-2 with a goals-against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .918.
Betting Lines and Predictions
BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Boston -142, while the Capitals currently sit at +129. The Bruins are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 5.5.
These two teams are two of the best in the entire NHL, so it is no surprise that they are at the top of the Eastern Conference. This could very well be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup.
The two teams went to overtime Saturday night so expect another close game Monday. The Capitals will be at home, so take them to win this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Washington +1.5