Capitals vs. Bruins NHL Preview
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Celtics as –185 money line favorites over the Caps, while the over/under total for this game sits at 5 goals. Washington enters play with a 44-34-9 record and is 17-21-5 on the road while Boston is 51-30-5 overall and is 25-14-6 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The total opened up at 5 and remained there, while the Kings opened up as -185 favorites and remained there in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 66% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Bruins. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: Take Washington. According to latest NHL trends, The Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 10-2 in their last 12 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game, 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog of +151 to +200 and 25-10 in their last 35 vs. Northeast. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in this series. Bruins are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Southeast and are 2-5 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Caps won the last game at home in Game 4, 2-1. Young goalie Braden Holtby made 44 saves against the Bruins and has been sensational for most of this series. The Caps needed him to play well considering top center Niklas Backstrom was serving a one-game suspension after receiving a match penalty for a cross check on Bruins' forward Rich Peverley during Monday's Game 3. He will be available for Game 5 on Saturday. The Caps won Game 2 on the road and lost Game 1 in overtime. They take this one on the road.
SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: WASHINGTON CAPITALS +165