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Capitals Bruins Betting – Bruins Kick Off Cup Defense With Rout Of Capitals

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/11/2012 3:57:59 PM

Online betting sharps have had an eye on Boston all season, and even though the Bruins weren’t the juggernaut of last season, they still managed to pick up the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins take on Washington in the first round, and they’ll flex their muscles against a Washington team that is mentally weak.

What: NHL Betting
When: Game 1 starts on Thursday, 7:30 PM ET in Boston
Where: Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 (Boston); Games 3, 4 and 6 (Washington)
Pick: Boston Bruins -215

Why Bet On Washington Capitals

The Capitals have been one of the biggest disappointments of the entire season as some had them in the running to win the Stanley Cup at the beginning of the season, but it became clear quickly that wasn’t happening. Washington ended up firing Bruce Boudreau and replacing him with Dale Hunter, and while it took a while for his message to get through, it appeared that Hunter and the Capitals are finally on the same page. Alex Ovechkin may have had the quietest 38-goal season in the history of the game, but he has his running mate back as Nicklas Backstrom has been coming along nicely after missing a couple months with a concussion, and having his setup man back in the lineup could spark the Washington captain because when he is on, he is still one of the top five players in the league; it’s just a matter of getting Ovechkin back on track.

But the Capitals have bigger concerns at the back, where goalie Tomas Vokoun has a groin problem that could keep him out of the postseason and his backup, Michal Neuvirth, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. That leaves Braden Holtby and even though he is talented, he isn’t a No.1 goalie in the NHL and definitely not in the playoffs. The Capitals were 21st in the league in goals allowed, so the Bruins could be salivating at this chance.

Why Bet On Boston Bruins

In all likelihood, the Bruins can’t wait to attack the Washington defense as they were second in the NHL in goals scored, but they were also sixth in goals against and from front to back, the Bruins have all the tools to repeat as the Stanley Cup champions. Tim Thomas looks to be solid in goal after a shaky period following the All-Star break, and the Bruins will need him to be at his best because Tuukka Rask has a groin injury and may not be able to come back at all. Zdeno Chara is an NHL betting favorite to win the Norris Trophy and anchors the power play with the league’s hardest shot, and you can expect to see him on the ice every time that Ovechkin is. Up front, the Bruins have a number of players who can light the lamp, but they need two players to really come up big in this postseason.

Patrice Bergeron doesn’t get enough credit for being one of the best two-way players in the league, which allows head coach Claude Julien to use him in every situation and he is probably the best faceoff guy in the league as well. You win Stanley Cups because of players like Bergeron, and he should be a factor in this series, along with Milan Lucic. The Boston power forward has everything needed to absolutely dominate a series, but he has been in and out, focus-wise, all season and the Bruins have to get their big forward going because Lucic can tie up multiple defenders and create space for his teammates.

How It Will Play Out

Boston is a -215 NBA betting favorite in this first-round series, while Washington is rated at +185 and the Capitals won three of the four regular-season meetings between the two teams. The Capitals won both meetings in Boston by a single goal in the month of March, but the playoffs are a different story and they’ll have to bring their A-game to hang with the Bruins.

You get the feeling that the Bruins have been pacing themselves all season, and they have finally gotten over a slump after the All-Star break, which you could argue was partly caused by Thomas not going to the White House with his teammates because of his political beliefs. This brought on a lot of attention to the club that they didn’t want or need, but we’ll probably never know just how much this affected the team. Still, they’re a veteran squad that has last year’s experience in their back pocket and all they are focusing on now is defending the Cup. The Capitals aren’t there yet and they won’t be able to find a higher gear, while the Bruins can and they should be your sports betting series pick.

Capitals Bruins Betting Pick: Boston Bruins

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