Bruins vs. Capitals Prediction

Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals 10/3/18, Prediction & Odds

The host Washington Capitals will begin their Stanley Cup title defense tonight as they host the Boston Bruins in their regular season opener. Can Washington win tonight as the small favorites or will Boston spoil the celebration of last year's success?

Game Snapshot

3 Boston Bruins at 4 Washington Capitals

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Capital One Arena at 7:30PM ET

TV: NBCSN

Compare odds from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our Hockey Odds & Betting Page.

 

Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Capitals are a -125 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Bruins are a +105 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals. As of Wednesday morning, 68 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.

Bruins hope for better start to season

Boston began last season with an underwhelming 6-7-4 record before going on a tear to eventually finish 50-20-12. Playing with one of the youngest rosters in the NHL, the Bruins saw many players continue their development at the highest level. One such player is defenseman Torey Krug, who Boston will be without for at least a few weeks as he is out with an injured left ankle. Krug had 14 goals and 45 assists over 76 games last season. 

"It's a big loss," center Patrice Bergeron told the Boston Herald. "He's a huge part of our defense, power play as well. He's the quarterback up there. We're going to miss him. That being said, it's an opportunity for someone else to step up and be good for us."

Ovechkin still on top of game

As evidenced during the playoffs last year, Washington sniper Alex Ovechkin still has it. He registered 87 points (49 goals) during the regular season before dominating to the tune of 27 points (15 goals) in 24 postseason games. Ovechkin recently turned 33 years old and will look to once again post a strong follow-up season as he has done every ensuing year of his career to date. The Capitals will likely be without top-line winger Tom Wilson, whose occasionally dirty play resulted in a questionable hit during the preseason finale that leaves him in danger of being suspended. He was slated for a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety today.

NHL Betting Trends

Boston

The Bruins are 0-4 in their last four games overall. Boston is 0-6 in its last six meetings at Washington.

Washington

The under is 3-0-2 in the last five Capitals games versus the Atlantic Division. Washington is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings.

Prediction:

As much as I want to take Boston here, it's struggles against Washington are well-documented and the Capitals are going to want to treat their fans to a victory on a night where they look back on hoisting the Stanley Cup Trophy last season. Boston being without Krug shakes up its defense and I don't think it has enough to overcome the high-powered Caps on the road.

 

MLB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -125

Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer
Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Aves vs. Lightning Prediction The Lightning forced a Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final with a victory in Colorado over the Avalanche on Thursday night. Will Colorado wrap things up tonight at 8:00 p.m....
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Avalanche Prediction The Avalanche have an opportunity to close out their series against the Lightning and hoist the Stanley Cup with a win in Game 5 tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. With...
Thumbnail Aves vs. Lightning Game 4 Prediction The Lightning responded from their meltdown in Game 2 with a resounding victory in Game 3 on Monday night. Will Tampa Bay now even the best-of-seven Stanley Cup...
Thumbnail Aves vs. Lightning Game 3 Prediction After they were throttled in Game 2 on Saturday night, are the Lightning a good bet to rebound in Game 3 on Monday night when they host the Aves at 8:00 p.m. ET...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Aves Game 2 Prediction The Lightning erased a two-goal deficit in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough. Will they avoid falling into another 2-0...

NHL Headlines