Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 11, 2021

Taylor Hall has been a huge pickup for Boston.  Since being acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline, Hall has eight goals and 14 points in 16 games, including the OT winner on Monday.

Boston
33-16-5-2
AT
May 11, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
36-15-3-2
Puckline +1.5 -162
Moneyline +176
Over / Under o +5.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

Puckline -1.5 +135
Moneyline -211
Over / Under u +5.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

We’re getting an early preview of the playoffs on Tuesday night as the Bruins and Capitals will meet in Washington for the final game of the regular season for each club.  The game itself has no bearing on the standings, as the B’s and the Caps are already locked into a playoff series against each other that will start Saturday in Washington.

This game is nearly a pick’em on the NHL odds as the Capitals are slightly favoured to win at -114 on the moneyline.  The total is set at 5.5.

Bruins vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

Boston has the edge in this season series with four wins in the first seven games, although it’s worth noting that less a month ago Washington crushed the Bruins 8-1 in Boston.  The Over has hit in five games between these teams this year.

After a slow start to the season, the Bruins are finishing the year hot and have gone 12-4 straight up in their last 16 games.  They’re 22-33 against the spread overall and have gone an even 5-5 ATS in their last 10.  The total has gone Under in 10 of Boston’s last 15 road games.

Washington has been strong all season.  They’re 10-5 SU in their last 15 games and they’ve also won 10 of their last 13 home games against Boston.  For the season, they’re 28-27 ATS, but they’ve only covered in one of their last five home games.  The total has gone Under in four of the Caps’ last five home games.

Boston Bruins

Taylor Hall has been a huge pickup for Boston.  Since being acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline, Hall has eight goals and 14 points in 16 games.  The former league MVP picked up another two goals, including the OT winner, in Boston’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Monday.  Hall had just two goals and 19 points in 37 games for the Sabres this year.

The Bruins’ goaltending is also going to be key for Tuesday’s game and into the playoffs.  After only playing one game between March 7 and April 15 because of an upper-body injury, Tuuka Rask looks like he’s back to full health.  Rask made 16 saves in the win on Monday and has now won six of his eight starts since returning from injury.  Jeremy Swayman, however, will get the start on Tuesday.  The rookie won his only start against Washington this season and he’s gone 7-2-0 overall with a 1.44 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals bounced back from a loss to Philadelphia on Friday by taking the Flyers down 2-1 in OT on Saturday to split the two-game set.  Conor Sheary‘s 14th goal of the year was the OT winner.  The issue surrounding this team right now is injuries.  The team leader in points, Nicklas Backstrom, the team leader in goals, Alex Ovechkin and the Caps’ No. 1 defenceman, John Carlson, all missed Saturday’s game with lower-body injuries.  To make matters worse, T.J. Oshie was forced to leave early on Saturday with an injury as well.  Keep a close eye on the injury list as we get to closer to puck drop as Backstrom, Ovechkin, Carlson and Oshie’s statuses are all up in the air.

Combine Washington’s injury issues with the fact that Evgeny Kuznetsov and starting goalie Ilya Samsonov are in the league’s COVID protocols with no timetable to return, and this could be a tough game for the Caps.  Rookie Vitek Vanecek should get the start in net on Tuesday.  Vanecek is 20-10-4 this year with a 2.74 GAA and .907 SV.

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