A match not to be missed – the two best teams of the Eastern Conference will meet. Our prediction on what can be expected from the head-to-head confrontation between Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, and tips about what bets are best made.
Boston Bruins (21-7-9)
A small, as it would seem, Boston crisis suddenly turned into a big one. The team lost three games in a row and eight of the last nine. But! Three previous matches were lost either in overtime or in bullets. So whether the team is on the mend or not – decide for yourself. But be that as it may – Boston is still the second in the East and the third in the league table.
Match with “Washington” will miss Zdeno Hara. The 42-year-old will undergo a planned jaw procedure that he broke in the Stanley Cup final. In 37 matches of this season, Hara has 13 (5 + 8) points.
Washington Capitals (26-6-5)
Right now, Washington is not just the leader in the NHL with a five-point lead over its closest rival St. Louis. He seriously threatens league records. At the current “Capitals” this season, everyone can say their weighty word. The team has a lot of advantages and almost no weaknesses. Even the early problems of Braden Holtby are already far behind: the last two months, the defense of the Capitals (2.63 goals scored on average per game) is on a par with the recognized masters of this business from the Islanders (2.58), Boston (2 , 59) and Arizona (2.63). Not to mention the attack, which is the best in the league (3.54 goals on average).
From what needs to be improved. “Washington” is removed most often in the league. On home ice, the results of the team are far from the most pleasant. Eugene Kuznetsov can’t get the optimal (brilliant) form. That’s probably all. In all other respects, “Washington” is the strongest (at least one of the strongest) teams in the NHL at the moment.
In the previous match, Washington beat Tampa Bay 3-1 and this was the fourth victory in the last five matches.
Alexander Ovechkin was left without points for the seventh time in nine matches, but his team won again, so what’s the difference ?! Evgeni Kuznetsov again played in the top three with Yakub Vrana and TJ Oshi. He scored the first point in three meetings thanks to a minor transfer to the winning goal Orlov. In the last ten meetings, Kuznetsov has one goal and seven assists. Dmitry Orlov scored the third goal of the season and the second goal against Lightning, both of which became victorious.
- Washington won the last two matches against Boston.
- The Bruins have a series of three defeats.
- Capital prevailed in two fights in a row.
Head to Head
Over the past 10 years, the teams have played 46 matches among themselves in the NHL and in 33 of them Washington was stronger. The total difference between abandoned and conceded goals was also 136: 100 in his favor. This season, the rivals managed to have two full-time fights and both times won the “capital”, with the same score 3: 2.
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Prediction
We consider Washington a favorite in this meeting. Firstly, Boston lost three games in a row and conceded in all cases a shame that could affect the team’s psychology. Secondly, the teams have met twice this season, and in each match the Capitals are stronger than their opponent. Based on this, we take the victory of the guests.