Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated May 19, 2021

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Having earned a split of the first two games of their first-round playoff series, the Bruins are no doubt feeling confident about their chances of advancing as the series shifts to Massachusetts for Game 3.

May 19, 2021, 6:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +143
Over / Under o +5.5


Betting Action


Puckline -1.5 +158
Moneyline -172
Over / Under u +5.5


Betting Action


The Bruins rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 2, and now have the home-ice edge in an entertaining seven-game series that has already seen each of the first two games decided in extra time.

Capitals vs. Bruins Stanley Cup Odds

Oddsmakers are overwhelmingly in favour of the home side in this one, which is odd when you consider that the Capitals are the higher seed. And Sports Interaction customers smell a solid value play, with 56 percent siding with Washington. The Capitals had one of the league’s best away records during the regular season at 19-7-2, though the Bruins finished 2-1-1 vs. Washington in four head-to-head meetings at TD Garden.

Wednesday’s total is set at 5.5, with the Over installed at +100 and the Under listed at -120. And more than 80 percent of Sports Interaction respondents are siding with the O5.5, no doubt impacted by the result of Boston’s Game 2 victory. That result halted the Capitals’ four-game Under streak during which Washington saw an average of just 4.3 goals scored – and that stretch included a pair of low-scoring victories over these very same Bruins.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals will be a frustrated bunch as they make the journey to Boston for Games 3 and 4, having come within three minutes of taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Washington has led for more than 25 minutes through the first two games, while the Bruins have held a lead for fewer than 10 minutes – but that statistic flatters the Capitals, who were outshot 48-39 by the visitors in Game 2 while getting dominated 41-24 in the face-off circle.

Boston Bruins

Was Monday’s overtime goal just the thing to get Brad Marchand going? The No. 3 scorer in the league during the regular season was virtually invisible over the opening six periods of the series before ripping a one-timer past Washington netminder Craig Anderson 39 seconds into the extra period. Fans and bettors should expect more opportunities for heroics in this series, with the teams having played nine straight one-goal games in their head-to-head playoff history.

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