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Where: Capital One Arena
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have an Eastern Conference NHL game to consider for Wednesday when the Boston Bruins meet the Washington Capitals for Game two of their three-game season series. Boston enters this game hoping to end a three-game losing streak, and Washington won game one of this series by a score of 3-2 in Boston and enters this matchup coming off a home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bruins Three Game Losing StreakBoston is first in the Atlantic Division with a record of 20-5-6 and has an 11 point lead over the Florida Panthers. The Bruins have lost three consecutive games to the Blackhawks, Avalanche, and Senators and have been outscored 14-11 over its last five games. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 46 points along with a team-high 28 helpers, and David Pastrnak leads Boston with 25 goals, including 12 power-play goals.
The Maple Leafs power-play unit is third in the NHL with a 28 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fourth in the National Hockey League with an 84.5 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Tuuka Rask is likely tending to the twine on Wednesday night, and he’s 13-3-3 this season with a 2.19 GAA along with a 92 percent save percentage. Rask has a personal, two-game losing streak and allowed three goals on 26 shots in a 5-2 road loss to the Ottawa Senators in his last start.
Columbus Snaps Caps Six Game Winning StreakWashington lost on Monday night to Columbus, and that defeat snapped a six-game Capitals winning streak. The Capitals are in first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 22-5-5 record and have a seven-point lead over the New York Islanders. Washington seems to be reasonably healthy for this matchup, and John Carlson leads the Capitals with 43 points with a team high 32 assists, and Alex Ovechkin leads the club with 21 goals, including eight power-play goals.
The Capitals have a 23.2 percent power-play success rate that ranks sixth in the NHL and an 84.7 percent penalty kill rate that ranks sixth in the NHL this season.
Braden Holtby is the probable starter for this matchup, and he’s 15-3-4 this season with a 90 percent save percentage. Holtby stopped 33 of 37 shots on goal for a 5-2 road loss to Ottawa in his last start.
- Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Bruins are 4-9 in their last 13 Wednesday games.
- Bruins are 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be siding with the Capitals in this matchup. They are the better team playing better hockey and are at home. They are potting goals, and Boston seems to have forgotten how to score goals. Washington is also the hotter team playing at home, and I will take the Capitals to beat Boston on Wednesday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
I think this game stays under the total. We have good goaltending and decent bluelines, and I expect a 3-2 game on Wednesday. Both sides do score over three goals per game, but again, the goaltending plus the defense is too good for that. Both teams have reliable power-play units and possibly even better special teams units. I like goaltending most of all, and I will play UNDER in this game.