Bruins vs Capitals Betting Odds Preview: The second night of the NHL season takes place on Wednesday, and one of the top clashes will be the Eastern Conference showdown between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals.
Rough Roads ahead in Beantown?
The Boston Bruins head into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season with a lot of question marks, mostly related to the health of some of the team’s top stars. Superstar forward Brad Marchand and young defenseman Charlie McAvoy are both out until late November as they recover from hip and shoulder procedures, respectively.
Depth defenseman Matt Grzelcyk also is recovering from a shoulder operation and he will be out for at least one month. If new head coach Jim Montgomery can lead this club into victory without these key stars for the opening month of the season, perhaps the B’s can stick around in what’s now a rapidly improving Atlantic Division from top to bottom.
Longtime fan favorite David Krejci returns to the Bruins after a season of playing in his native Czechia. The 36-year old forward won’t be expected to pick up at the pace he skated with during the prime of his career, but if he can get the offense rolling in the absence of Marchand, especially on any Power-Play time, then Boston could be in decent shape when back at full health.
Crunch Time in Nation’s Capital
Continuing our Bruins vs Capitals Betting Odds Preview: The Washington Capitals once again remain a competitive team amongst the Metropolitan Division, but after another disappointing playoff exit, many fans in the District of Columbia are wondering if this club can make it out of the first round and head towards another Stanley Cup run, something they haven’t achieved since the 2017-18 campaign.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin is back and just 21 goals shy of tying Gordie Howe for second place all-time for Most Goals Scored in National Hockey League History. The 36-year old scorer tied an NHL record last year with his ninth straight 50-goal season. The NHL Washington Capitals players will be looking to strike first in this one, and to set a precedent for the season to come.
Capitals have some key stars that will miss opening night along with extended time as they recover from offseason surgeries
Much like the Bruins, the Capitals have some key stars that will miss opening night along with extended time as they recover from offseason surgeries. Noted agitator Tom Wilson is out until at least January 2023 as he recovers from a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee.
Also missing from the lineup for an indefinite time is centerman Niklas Backstrom. The 35-year old Swedish native had resurfacing surgery on his left hip back in June and there is still no updated timetable on his return to the ice.
Washington did add some new pieces to the lineup, with goaltenders Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren filling in the voids left over by Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov. Centerman Dylan Strome comes over from Chicago, where he had a solid season for a struggling Blackhawks club, scoring 22 goals and 48 points over 69 games played.
Bruins vs Capitals Betting Odds
Concluding our Bruins vs Capitals Betting Odds Preview: Sportsbooks have the Washington Capitals as a significant favorite, priced at -140 over the Boston Bruins. This line opened at most sportsbooks around the pick’em range as early as late August, but with the injury news affecting the Bruins, especially the questionable week-to-week injury with winger Taylor Hall, sharp money has moved on the Caps over the last week.
Last season, these two clubs played each other three times, with the Boston Bruins winning two of the contests, outscoring the Washington Capitals 13-10 overall. Historically, Washington has dominated on home ice in this series, winning 13 of the last 19 meetings with the B’s at Capital One Arena. The Favorite has also cashed in eight of the last 11 meetings overall.Follow us on Twitter
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