Boston vs Washington Pick
NHL betting action sees the Boston Bruins taking on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday April 8th at Verizon Center in Washington DC. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.
Boston vs Washington
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 8 2015, 8 pm EST
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington DC
Boston -110, Washington -120
The well-rested Bruins travel to the nation’s capital to take on goal-scoring king Alex Ovechkin and Washington on Wednesday night, with the outcome certainly having playoff implications in the Eastern Conference.
The Caps are looking scary in the East, so Boston hopes that the time to rest and prepare will come in handy against a currently intimidating opponent.
Simply put, the B’s are in a dogfight to make the playoffs. They are tied with Ottawa, with 95 points, for the eighth and final spot in the East, with the advantage of having a game in hand on the Senators.
If Boston can’t produce two points in Washington tonight, however, it may be a moot point. The Bruins have struggled – by Boston standards at least – this season, to the point that there has been some buzz that head coach Claude Julien may have worn out his welcome in Beantown.
Tonight’s opponent won’t make it any easier for the visitors, either. With 99 points, the Capitals have clinched a spot in the postseason thanks to Ovechkin’s prodigious goal scoring and a sizzling power play, which is the best in the NHL.
With a couple of games left to play, “The Great 8” has 52 goals, a ridiculous figure in the modern game. He is boosted by the outstanding playmaking of Nicklas Backstrom, a slick-passing Swede who at 27 years old, is squarely in his prime.
Blueliners John Carlson and Mike Green have also been vital for Washington, as they rank third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively.
Furthermore, this season, the Caps are finally getting the job done in the goaltending department. Starter Braden Holtby has been excellent, starting 71 games and amassing a 2.24 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
All these factors simmer down to the conclusion that the Capitals should finally be taken seriously in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They look to shake the label of perennial underachiever under Ovechkin’s stewardship.
Boston has its work cut out for it, but the Bruins could also be up for the task. The team certainly has a track record for success. Goalie Tuukka Rask is rounding into form and we all know how intrinsic goaltending is, especially this time of year.
The B’s are coming off a much-needed 2-1 shootout win over the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs and they’ll have to duplicate that result on the road against a far superior hockey club.
Can heart-and-soul center Patrice Bergeron lead his team back to spring hockey? While the Bruins are not the same team that won the Stanley Cup a few seasons ago, the safe bet is yes.
4* NHL Free Pick on Boston 3, Washington 2 (OT)
Ottawa proved it could win a gutsy, must-win game yesterday against Pittsburgh, and you should expect a similar result from the black-and-gold on Wednesday night.
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