|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals have reached the final game of their first round series. These teams will be playing the rubber match of the series tonight at Boston's TD Garden.
This game will be all over the American and Canadian media on NBC Sports Network and CBC. The winner of the series will not know that team's next opponent until the next few series are determined. This include the soon to end series with Ottawa and the New York Rangers.
The Capitals were able to get out of a 2-1 series deficit with two straight wins. The Bruins were able to tie the series on Sunday with a 4-3 overtime win. Three of these games have gone into overtime and every single game has been decided by one goal.
Tim Thomas and Braden Holtby will be starting respectively for Boston and Washington just like they have all series long. Thomas has a 2.18 GAA and stopped 36 shots on Sunday. Hotlby has a 2.17 GAA, a number that is better than the 2.50 GAA that he had during the seven games that he played in during the regular season.
Patrice Bergeron is expected to be at full health for the Bruins. The Bruins report that he had an injury but did not release any specifics. The center has two assists for the Bruins in the series. Rich Peverley leads with three goals and two assists.
Alexander Semin leads the Capitals with three goals. Two of those goals were on the power play. Alex Ovechkin leads with five points and 26 shots on goal during the series.
Boston is a -180 hockey betting favorite for the game while Washington is a +160 underdog. Boston has a +170 payout for breaking the -1.5 spread. The over/under is at five goals. An overtime bet is also available with a +275 payout for those who correctly predict that the game will be the fourth in the series to reach the overtime period. The payout for predicting it won't reach overtime is -350.