Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Game 5 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated May 23, 2021

Zdeno Chara, Capitals, 2021

Zdeno Chara and the Capitals are on the brink of an early elimination and will try to bounce back in Game 5.

May 23, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Puckline -1.5 +199
Moneyline -132
Over / Under o +5.5


Betting Action


Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +109
Over / Under u +5.5


Betting Action


The Boston Bruins are gaining steam, while the Washington Capitals are losing their cool as they look to stay alive Sunday in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The Bruins played their most complete game of the best-of-seven last time out, rolling to a 4-1 win that gave them a 3-1 lead in the series. And they’re favoured to finish the job Sunday against a Capitals team that has struggled to penetrate the Bruins’ stout defence and goaltending.

Bruins vs. Capitals Stanley Cup Odds

Boston is listed as a -135 favourite, the lowest odds for the Bruins since their Game 1 loss. They’ve rewarded bettors handsomely over the previous three games, and produced a puckline win last time out thanks to three power-play goals and a 37-20 shots on goal advantage. Still, Sports Interaction customers aren’t quite ready to give up on the higher-seeded Capitals yet, with 69 percent of respondents taking the hosts at +113.

The total for Sunday’s potential series-clinching game is set at 5.5, with the Under at -131 and the Over at +109. And while three of the first four games have finished below the 5.5-goal threshold, Sports Interaction bettors are tempted by those Over odds and are taking the O5.5 at a 56-percent clip. The Under is 5-2 in the Bruins’ previous seven road games, while the Capitals are 6-1 to the Under in their last seven overall.

Boston Bruins

That the Bruins put together such a dominant performance despite yielding seven Washington power-play chances is heartening – but head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t feeling blessed after the game, calling his team’s parade to the penalty box “a complete head-scratcher”. Boston is winning the special teams battle through the first four games, having scored five goals on 16 power-play chances while the Capitals are just 3-for-17 with the man advantage.

Washington Capitals

After posting the best record in the NHL in one-goal games during the regular season, the Capitals suffered consecutive overtime defeats in Games 2 and 3 and looked like they had nothing left in Game 4. Goaltending has been a problem for Washington, which has already blown a one-goal lead on five different occasions against the Bruins and boasts a dismal .820 save percentage when up by one through the first four games.

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