A strong match opens today's NHL program, with an eastern battle. The Washington Capitals host the Bruins in the third match this year between the two teams. The Caps have the privilege to be the only team to win the Bruins in March in the regular time of the match, away from home with 4-2 even though they lost after a few days in the second match with 3-0.
The picture is currently different for the two teams, with Bruins closing their playoffs position, along with the Atlantic title. Caps, on the other hand, still have a quadruple tie for the last wild card position in the east, while they still have hopes for one of the two places that Metropolitan releases in the play-off as 5 and 6 points are at the top two. With 9 matches remaining in their schedule each showdown is final for them regardless of who they are playing.
Despite entering the play-offs, Bruins remain impressive with 9 winning the last 10 and robust defense. 21 / 10 / 2 / 1 their record this year except for coming from 3-0 within Chicago and of course remaining an NHL elite team. Today's match will continue to miss the two long-time injured in the defensive line.
Washington fought hard in its last game with the hard Kings losing 4-5 to the finals before 4 days. Several days will allow two good returns today for Backstrom and Hillen. In their last 10 games Capitals have lost only teams from Xlite, 2 from LA, 2 from Pitt. and as Bruins said at the beginning, 5 earned victories over the rest. Serious in their headquarters this year Caps with a record 20 / 11 / 3 / 3.
The trends that stand out for today's match are 4-0 that Washington has in a match after 3 + rest days, while the home pair is 4-1 in the last 5 total. Well enough tradition keeps Washington lately against the Bruins elite. 9-6-0 3 last year's independent home, and 3-3 in the same space within, with Caps taking the two most recent home.
If they want to get into the play-offs, the Caps will have to beat each other, whether they are against strong opponents. Against the Bruins they are successful and the line ups are well matched, but they will definitely have more will than guests today. It's a pivotal start for me here, if Washington precedes I find it hard to waste Boston's energy with the play-offs locked. Of course it is a derby but I will go with the team that needs the most points in the match. At 2.25 the money line for Washington (Bet365, Paddy, Sportingbet,Stoiximan).