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Game: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Apr 16 2012 7:35PM
Prediction: Washington Capitals
Grade: Loser (-100)
Reason: The Washington Capitals have gone through injuries, a coaching change to leaped from 9th to 7th on the last few days of the season. They now find themselves with home ice advantage with their series tied 1-1 with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. The lines-makers have designated the defending champs the favorite for this game, even though the venue has shifted to Washington, where the Capitals had the 2nd best Home Record in the east this season at 26-11-4 (8th in the NHL). Last season Washington, captured the East top seed in the regular season thanks to a 25-8-8 home record that was 2nd overall in the league. With the Caps winning the season series 3-1, we will exploit the line in this situation and back the team that has dominated at the top of the league in terms of home record and back the Caps. Boston was tops in the league in goal differential with a +67, 2nd overall in goals scored (269) and 5th overall in goals against. Boston's goaltending has been living up to expectations, Tim Thomas has only two goals against in the two games for a sparkling 0.83 GAA and an insane .964 save %, thanks to the two OT games (including double OT in game 2). Problem is rookie Braden Holtby has a GAA of 0.83 and has one upped the defending champion goalie with a even more insane .973 save % - not the time of year to have your top ranked offense to shut down. After losing their 'players coach' in Bruce Boudreau, the Caps hired hard-ass and former Captain Dale Hunter who had his players buy in to a more defensive minded system. Alex Ovechkin's point production has fallen for the second consecutive season, this may have been due to the absence of Nicklas Backstrom, but after 5 straight 90+ point seasons and 5 seasons of 46+ goals the 'Great 8' had his lowest amount of PIM with 26, something that could be attributed to playing stout defense, instead of taking shortcuts and trips to the box. As defending champion, Boston is a very public team and that could explain why they are favored on the road and in a building where they are only 3-7 in the last 10 visits. Boston also has the Stanley Cup hangover working against them. Only two teams in the last 20 years have won back to back titles (Pitt 91&92, Detroit 97,98) and only 4 of the past 9 Cup Champs evenmade it past the first round. (Carolina failed to qualify for the post season). We are going to back the home side Capitals in this situation, as we expect the Caps to take advantage of a loud home building where they have enjoyed success for the past few seasons. The Caps also may have a monkey on their back after their recent playoff failures, and this falls into a revenge type situation after this team is not getting the attention or respect it deserves. Take the Caps as they move into position for control of the series.