NHL Playoff Predictions: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
Tonight the second game of the series between the traveling Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins takes place. Saturday the Bruins won 1-0 in overtime in a game of great goaltending putting them up one nothing in the series. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines display the -185 favorites tonight and with the early lead in the matchup are huge -400 favorites to win the series.
Boston’s Bruins Chris Kelly ended the game quickly in overtime only 1:18 in with the games lone goal earning first star of the night honors. Against a very stout Washington Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby in his first playoff appearance. Holtby made 30 saves putting up a .967 save percentage, and was successful in shutting down the Bruins four power plays including a double minor that carried over into the second. An amazing effort on the night earning second star of the night honors as he was forced into action due to injuries to the Capitals top two goalies Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth. Whether Holtby starts again tonight will rest on whether either Vokoun or Neuvirth can dress.
The Boston Bruins out-shot the Washington Capitals 26-7 after two periods when the Capitals woke up with a 9-3 advantage over Boston in the third period. Goaltender Tim Thomas was perfect for the Bruins making 19 saves for his sixth career playoffs shutout and capturing third star of the night honors. The game was very physical with the Boston Bruins shutting down Washington’s star Alex Ovechkin to just one shot on net. However Ovechkin was a huge physical pressence on the ice racking up seven hits, while Boston’s defenders Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg combined for ten hits.
NHL Betting Predictions: Tonight the Boston Bruins will once again be heavy home favorites at -185 against the Washington Capitals who will have good value at +165. Given these steep odds I still find it hard to go against the Boston Bruins at home after such a great performance, granted take nothing away from Braden Holtby and the Capitals it was a great game.
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