Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 02/01/2021 NHL Odds, Picks and Predictions
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Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 02/01/2021 – The Washington Capitals have become more ferocious with the return of one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time into their pack. Alex Ovechkin, who missed four games due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, came back as if he never left as he rescued the Capitals in overtime against the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Saturday. The 35-year-old legend will try to lead Washington anew when the East powerhouse takes on its division rival for the second straight time at home on Monday. The NHL 2021 season odds are predicting a major bounce-back win for the Bruins, who are pegged at -143 in the moneyline market. The Capitals are offered +120 despite holding the best record in the East so far after nine games. The match is listed at NBC Sports Washington with streaming also available on NHL.TV.
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 02/01/2021
When: Monday, February 1, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 02/01/2021 Betting Odds:
The Boston Bruins mounted a major scare on the Capitals after trailing 0-3 during Saturday’s game, but the team failed to complete the come from behind win in overtime. The loss took place despite the return of David Pastrnak, who was out after offseason hip surgery. The Czech winger, who is regarded as one of the best goal scorers in the league, was limited to just an assist across his name in about 20 minutes of play in his first game of the season. With Pastrnak still looking for his rhythm, Nick Ritchie, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy took turns for Boston as the trio took the Bruins from three goals down all the way to the extended period. It was a disappointing finish, however, as the rally all went for naught – no thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s clutch exploits. But the loss would affect coach Bruce Cassidy’s belief that his team still is the better team over the Caps. Come Monday, the Canadian coach is confident that if his team addresses the mistakes they had last game, there should be no reason for them to suffer back-to-back losses against their archrivals.
Players to watch: P. Bergeron C (G 5, A 6, PTS 11), B. Marchand C (G 5, A 6, PTS 11), C. McAvoy D (G 1, A 6, PTS 7).
Once again, Alex Ovechkin came up huge when needed the most for the Washington Capitals. All the veteran star winger needed was less than a minute in the extended period to put the game away for good in favor of the Capitals, who stretched their winning streak to three and improved to 6-0-3 – the best in the East. Due to the extended inactivity caused by the protocol, Ovechkin had to settle with limited minutes of action. But being the experienced player that he is, he made sure that his short time on ice would not stop him from providing an impact on his team. His return was a major lift for the Capitals, who remain shorthanded with several players on the injured list. The team is bracing for a major uprising from the Bruins after last game’s result. They are aware that it will be tougher on Monday, but with Ovechkin at the helm, the Capitals certainly are up for the challenge.
Players to watch: N. Backstrom C (G 5, A 8, PTS 13), J. Carlson D (G 3, A 7, PTS 10), T. Wilson RW (G 4, A 4, PTS 8)
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games.
Bruins vs Capitals Betting Picks
No more shaky start. The Boston Bruins will immediately step on the gas pedal to ensure that a revenge win is in their bag. Coach Bruce Cassidy will exploit the home team’s depleted lineup as they look to score at will. Alex Ovechkin will do his thing for Washington, but Boston’s determination to even up the back-to-back series will prevail.
Score Prediction: Bruins 5, Capitals 3.