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Saturday’s NHL betting tips: Toronto and Washington backed to win

Lorenzo Gahol 12 Jan 2019
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The NHL regular season continues on Saturday with 12 games taking place.

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NHL betting tips from's expert, including the best bets from Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals.

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (00:00 GMT on Sunday)

The Boston Bruins head to Canada with the aim of clinching their regular-season series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins have beaten the Maple Leafs twice this season and won their last meeting  6-3 in Boston last December 8. Bruce Cassidy’s wards are determined to bounce back in this game after their five-game winning streak was snapped by the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Ryan Donato and David Krejci scored for Boston in their 4-2 home defeat to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Bruins dropped to 25-15-4 with 54 points to remain in third spot in the Atlantic Division behind Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Maple Leafs (28-13-2, 58 points), meanwhile, are coming off a 4-2 win at New Jersey on Thursday. John Tavares scored twice including the 300th goal of his career to lead Toronto back on track. The All-Star centre also issued an assist to improve his points tally to 50 this season. Ron Hainsey and Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs. Top goalie Frederik Andersen could make his much-awaited return after missing their last seven games with a groin injury. Michael Hutchinson had been starting for Toronto as back-up Garret Sparks is also out due to a concussion. We expect a win for Toronto in this duel.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals (00:00 GMT on Sunday)

The Washington Capitals entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third meeting between the Metropolitan Division sides this season. The Blue Jackets drew first blood 2-1 in the US capital last November 11 before the Capitals bounced back with a 4-0 rout in Ohio on December 9. The Metropolitan Division-best Capitals (27-12-4, 58 points) are coming off a 4-2 win at Boston on Thursday to extend their winning streak to three games. Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead the defending Stanley Cup champions to their 14th straight win over the Bruins. Jakub Vrana and Nicklas Backstrom also lit the lamp while Braden Holtby made 39 saves. The Blue Jackets (25-15-3, 53 points), meanwhile, edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime on Thursday. Artemi Panarin scored twice including the game winner 1:22 into the extra period. Boone Jenner also netted two goals for Columbus, who have alternated wins and losses in their last six games following a five-game winning streak. We are backing Washington to beat Columbus in this match-up.

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Saturday’s NHL betting tips: Toronto and Washington backed to win

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