Free NHL Hockey Predictions Tonight 1/5/16
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
January 5th 2016
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- Washington Capitals -> Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby has been awarded with the second star for the month of December. He posted a 9-0-1 record with a 1.69 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and one shutout in 11 appearances. Holtby allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 outings
- Boston Bruins -> Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask kicked out 25 of 30 shots in a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the 2016 Winter Classic.
Rask surrendered the first goal of the game just 74 seconds into the contest and Boston could never even the contest from there. To be fair, Rask did hold the deficit at 1-0 for the remainder of the first frame, which is something of an accomplishment given how one-sided that period was. Rask went on to allow another two goals in each of the second and third frames though. He now has a 2.51 GAA and .914 save percentage in 27 contests in 2015-16.
Washington Capitals Preview
The Capitals are a deep and well balanced offensive team that has seven players with at least nine goals on the year. Washington consistently ranks 2nd in the league in scoring, potting 3.1 goals per game, while converting on 25.6% of their power play chances, which is 2nd in the league. On defense end of the ice they are consistently floating around 2nd in goals allowed, giving up just 2.5 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on just 15.5% of their power play chances, which is 5th in the league.
Boston Bruins Preview
The Bruins are 3rd overall in scoring, netting 3.1 goals per game, while converting on 28.6% of their power play chances, which leads the league. On defense the Bruins come in at 20th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 2.7 goals per game, but they have been solid on the penalty kill where they are 9th, allowing teams to convert on just 82.4% of their chances.
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Prediction 1/5/16
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