Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 07, 2021

Both of these teams are looking for an edge in the season series, which is tied 2-2.

Boston
24-12-4-2
AT
April 08, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
28-12-2-2
Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +115
Over / Under o +5.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

Puckline -1.5 +191
Moneyline -128
Over / Under u +5.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

Two potent offences from the NHL’s East Division face off Thursday as the Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals in a potential first-round playoff preview. The Caps opened as -125 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Bruins vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

This is the last scheduled game between the teams in Washington, but they have two more left in Boston. It’s quite possible the Caps win the East Division and the Bruins finish fourth, so these teams also have a chance of meeting in the first round of the postseason.

The season season series is tied 2-2 overall and 1-1 in D.C. Nicklas Backstrom (1G, 3A) leads the Capitals with four points in the series, while the legendary Alex Ovechkin has a goal and assist, but is an ugly minus-7. Vitek Vanecek is 2-2-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Brad Marchand (4G, 3A) leads Boston with seven points and is plus-7. Both Patrice Bergeron (1G, 4A) and Charlie McAvoy (1G, 4A) have five points and also are plus-7. Tuukka Rask lost both his starts in overtime, allowing five goals in 51 shots, while Jaroslav Halak won his two in regulation, allowing four goals on 58 shots.

The home team is 5-2 in the past seven meetings.

Boston Bruins

It’s hard to know who will be in net for Boston, as No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask is hurt and No. 2 Jaroslav Halak landed in COVID protocols on Tuesday. In back-to-back games the B’s have had to use young unknowns Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman. The latter, a 22-year-old top prospect, made his NHL debut Tuesday and stopped 40 of 42 shots in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Top blueliner Charlie McAvoy (4G, 18A) missed the Flyers game with an upper-body injury and fellow defenceman Brandon Carlo (2G, 1A) is week-to-week.

Brad Marchand leads Boston in goals (18), assists (27) and plus/minus (plus-14). He had a short-handed goal on Tuesday and broke a tie with Bobby Orr and Eddie Westfall for the most short-handed points as a member of the Bruins with 48. Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick and reached 900 career points, becoming the fourth player in club history to reach that mark, joining Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk and Phil Esposito. Boston is 0-4 in its past four after a win.

Washington Capitals

Washington had a two-game winning streak end on Tuesday.  They were shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 loss against the East Division co-leading New York Islanders. Vitek Vanecek was the tough-luck loser with 38 saves. The Caps usually rotate Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov (9-2-1, 2.87 GAA) so it will probably be Samsonov here.

Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 39 points, while Alex Ovechkin leads with 19 goals and should pass Marcel Dionne (731) for fifth all-time by the end of the season, if not as soon as next week. Washington is 7-1 in their past eight home games.

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