Capitals Among NHL Betting Favorites on Saturday Playoff Slate

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The law of averages would suggest the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin are bound to see success at home in the playoffs eventually.

The Capitals are the -165 consensus favorite with the Columbus Blue Jackets coming back at +145 and a 5.5-goal total for their playoff matchup on Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Each team has won twice in the other team’s arena to forge a 2-2 tie in the best-of-seven series, and Washington is just 3-6 in its last nine playoff games at home.

Washington has had the stronger offensive performance in the series, led by the Evgeny Kuznetsov-Ovechkin-Tom Wilson line, and it is 5-1 in its last six home games as a moneyline favorite of -150 to -500. The other development with Washington is that goalie Braden Holtby has retaken the job, after Philipp Grubauer struggled during their two home losses.

Columbus, which is 4-6 in its last 10 away games against Washington, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, may still be without injured forward Alexander Wennberg. The Blue Jackets power play is struggling, so its path to victory likely rests heavily on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stealing the win.

The total has gone over in seven of Columbus’ last 10 away games against the Metropolitan Division. The total has gone over in six of Washington’s last eight home games against the Metropolitan Division.

Elsewhere, the Boston Bruins (-190) have a chance to bounce the Toronto Maple Leafs (+165) in a primetime matchup that has a 5.5-goal total.

The Bruins, who won without No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron on Thursday, are an excellent 8-2 in their last 10 home games when they were a -175 to -500 moneyline favorite. Riley Nash has drawn in between left wing Brad Marchand and right wing David Pastrnak.

Toronto gets key forward Nazem Kadri back from a three-game suspension, but it is only 2-8 in its last 10 games as a +150 moneyline underdog or greater. Six of those losses were by exactly one goal, a sample that might interest puckline bettors.

And the Tampa Bay Lightning (-235) are heavily favored against the New Jersey Devils (+210), with a 6-goal total in the potential closeout game of their series.

The main storyline is that Devils No. 1 defenseman Sami Vatanen (upper body injury) likely won’t play after taking a borderline illegal check from Tampa Bay first-line right wing Nikita Kucherov, who’s been exonerated by the league.

That plays heavily in favor of the Lightning, who are 10-4 in their last 14 home games against Metropolitan Division teams.

The total has gone over in 14 of Tampa Bay’s last 15 home games against Metropolitan teams, so the 6.0 total shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. The total has also gone over in five of the last seven New Jersey-Tampa Bay matchups.

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How to watch 2022 Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock: Schedule, live stream info, and more

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Notre Dame Hockey is coming to Peacock beginning this Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Fighting Irish host Northern Michigan in their home opener. Peacock will be the exclusive home of the entire 2022-23 Notre Dame hockey 17-game home schedule this season. See below for additional information on how to live stream every game throughout the season.

2022 Notre Dame Hockey Home Game Schedule:

Date Matchup Time (ET) Platform
Fri., Oct. 14 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Oct. 16 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 21 Western Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 28 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Oct. 29 Michigan State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Nov. 11 Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Nov. 12 Michigan at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Dec. 9 Penn State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 10 Penn State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 31 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Jan. 1 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 13 Minnesota at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 14 Minnesota at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 27 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 28 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Feb. 10 Ohio State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Feb. 11 Ohio State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock

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How to watch Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock:

Become a monthly or annual subscriber to Peacock Premium to watch all of our live sports and events, including Notre Dame hockey.

Select a Premium plan to get started or to upgrade your existing account. You can also visit peacocktv.com/account to change your existing plan at any time. With Peacock Premium, you can find live coverage of Notre Dame hockey in the Browse section of the Peacock apps and on PeacockTV.com.

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

What devices does Peacock support?

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How to watch Boston Bruins vs NY Rangers: Live stream, TV channel, puck drop time for tonight’s game

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It’s the Bruins vs Rangers tonight on NBCSN. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. with NHL Live. See below for additional information on how to watch the game. Click here for the latest stats, scores, and division standings.

The Boston Bruins (8-1-2) currently lead the East division after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers last week (Feb. 3 and Feb. 5). David Pastrnak has helped the Bruins climb to the top spot since returning to the lineup on January 30, after undergoing a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16. The Bruins’ forward already has 5 goals and 3 assists in the 4 games he’s played in this season, making him third on the team in goals scored behind Brad Marchand (7 goals) and Patrice Bergeron (6 goals).

The New York Rangers (4-5-2) are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday night. The Rangers made 30 shots on goal but just could not get past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov. Artemi Panarin currently leads the team in goals (5), points (15), and assists (10). Mika Zibanejad, who led the team with 41 goals last season, is still struggling to find the back of the net. The Rangers forward has just one goal on the season and one assist in his last eight games.

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Tonight will be the first of eight meetings between the Bruins and Rangers this season and will mark the 700th all-time meeting since these Original Six rivals first played against each other in 1926. Watch live online or with the NBC Sports App.

How to watch Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers:

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