With half of the NHL season now in the can, we have a very solid idea of which teams are likely to be among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year. There are some definite standouts, with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames leading the way in their respective conferences. A lot can change in the second half of the season, though, especially once the trade deadline comes and goes and teams get serious about making a deep postseason run.
Two of those teams may well prove to be the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, who will go head to head in what looks like one of the best match-ups on the NHL calendar on Thursday night. There are just 2 points separating these teams in the East, with the Capitals leading the Metropolitan Division, while the Bruins chase the Lightning and the Maple Leafs in the Atlantic. It is the Bruins who come into this one as the NHL betting favorite on home ice, while the goal total for this game has been set at 6.
Capitals vs Bruins NHL Week 15 Odds & Game Analysis
- When: Thursday, January 10 at 7 PM EST
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- TV: ESPN+
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Boston Bruins -1.5 (Total 6)
- All: Capitals 26-12-4 / Bruins 25-14-4
- Home: Capitals 13-6-2 / Bruins 16-5
- Away: Capitals 13-6-2 / Bruins 9-9-4
- ATS: Capitals 21-21 / Bruins 21-22
- Over/Under: Capitals 22-18-2 / Bruins 16-25-2
Why bet on the Washington Capitals?
The Washington Capitals continue to sit atop the Metropolitan Division, but they know that there is very little margin for error, what with the Penguins sitting just 2 points off the pace. The Capitals are coming into this Thursday night tilt on a modest 2-game win streak that has taken them to 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.
They have the exact same 13-6-2 record on the road as they have at home, which just proves that this team knows how to win no matter where they play. The Capitals have a staggeringly good record against Boston, winning each of their last 13 meetings, which includes a 6-game win streak at the Garden. These two met in the opening game of the season, with the Capitals winning that one 7-0.
- Goals: 3.55
- Shots: 29.67
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.54
- Goals: 2.95
- Shots: 32.19
- PP/PK Percentage: 22.00
Why bet on the Boston Bruins?
If the Bruins are ever going to snap out of their losing streak against the Capitals, you would think that this one might be their best opportunity. Boston has been hot of late and is coming into this meeting on a 5-game winning streak that has taken them to within 2 points of the Maple Leafs, who are currently sitting second in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins have been money at home this season, going 16-5-0.
Overall, the Bruins have been great ATS, posting a 21-9-3 record as the favorite, although they are up against a Capitals team that has a 5-3-1 ATS record as the underdog. Despite all the positive things that we can say about this Boston team, you simply cannot ignore how ineffective they have been against the Capitals. Losing a couple of games in a row to the same team happens all the time, but 13-straight is a trend that is tough to go against.
- Goals: 2.93
- Shots: 32.86
- PP/PK Percentage: 28.47
- Goals: 2.56
- Shots: 31.37
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.90
Latest Capitals vs Bruins NHL Betting Trends
- Boston is 9-0 ATS in home games after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season
- Washington is 92-57 ATS in all games over the last 2 seasons
- 5 of 7 games in this series have gone Over the Total over the last 3 seasons
- Washington is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington’s last 10 games
- Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Boston Bruins are eventually going to break out and get a win against the Capitals, but I see this as a good opportunity to make some money on a road dog. I am taking the Capitals to extend their win streak against the Bruins.
Score: Washington Capitals 4 – Boston Bruins 2