Capitals Looking to Pull Out of Online Hockey Betting Slump
Posted by: Charlie Smith
After missing out on the online hockey betting playoffs for the last two years, the Boston Bruins came into this year’s season with playoff aspirations at the forefront of their mind. Before the season began, most sportsbooks were ruling out Boston’s chances for a Stanley Cup. However, this season, the Bruins have done an excellent job of living up to their franchise’s storied reputation and making up for the mishaps the team has suffered the last two seasons.
As things stand now, after competing in 53 games, the Bruins are sitting on a 26-21-6 record that nets them 58 points. Those 58 points are good enough to secure Boston the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division. However, the Maple Leafs are only 3 games behind the Bruins, so Boston needs to buckle down in the second half of the online hockey betting season and hopefully build on their lead.
Additionally, the Bruins and the Ottawa Senators have the same amount of points. So it would be more accurate to state that Boston is tied for 2nd instead of owning 3rd. Either way, the Canadiens have a hefty 9 point lead at the top of the Atlantic, so it’s difficult to imagine either the Senators or the Bruins deposing of Montreal.
Nevertheless, Boston will have an opportunity to close in on the Canadiens’ lead Wednesday night when they face the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital. The Capitals, who are the leaders of the Metropolitan Division, will likely come in as the sportsbook favorites. Nevertheless, let’s check the odds for those looking to bet on NHL games.
ONLINE HOCKEY BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, February 1st
Boston Bruins +1½ (-220) 5 (-145) +140
Washington Capitals -1½ (+180) 5 (+125) -160
As longtime betting fans would expect, the sportsbooks have come out in favor of the division leaders. After competing in 50 games, the Capitals have proudly garnered a record of 33-11-6 that gives Washington a total of 72 points. 72 points is the most of any team in the NHL, but given how competitive the Metropolitan has been this season, it’s certainly not enough for Washington to feel comfortable with.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, the current No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan, have 70 points on the season; just 2 points shy of tying the Capitals. Luckily enough for Washington, the Blue Jackets will stay off the ice until Friday when they face the Penguins at Pittsburgh. Neither Columbus nor Washington are facing easy opposition, but a win against the Bruins will certainly go a long way for the Capitals, especially since they’ve posted two losses in their last three games.
On the other hand, the Bruins will be coming into this contest with a bit of momentum after racking up three consecutive wins, including two tough 4-3 wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The sportsbooks don’t think Boston will be able to extend their win streak, but considering the Capitals’ recent losses, seeing the Bruins walk away with this one is far from unimaginable.