Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Game 4 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated May 21, 2021

This has been an incredibly tight series, with all three games being decided in overtime. Now trailing 2-1 in the series, Alex Ovechkin's frustration broke through at the end of Game 3 on Wednesday, which should light a fire under this Washington team for Game 4.

Washington
36-15-3-2
AT
May 21, 2021, 6:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
33-16-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -208
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +5.5

71%

Betting Action

29%

Puckline -1.5 +173
Moneyline -152
Over / Under u +5.5

71%

Betting Action

29%

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins are on pace for one of the most entertaining first-round series’ in recent history – but only if the Capitals can find a way to bounce back in Game 4 on Friday night. The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead with a thrilling 4-3 double-overtime victory in Game 3, the third straight game to go to extra time in this East Division semifinal. And oddsmakers are expecting Boston to make it three straight wins Friday night.

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The Bruins are looking at near-identical odds as their Game 3 matchup, when they prevailed as a -173 favourite. Boston is an impressive 19-7-3 straight up at home this season; coincidentally, that mark is identical to the Capitals’ road record so far in 2020-21. Washington has also won 10 of its previous 14 visits to Boston (Wednesday’s loss included), and that has the attention of Sports Interaction customers, who are siding with the Capitals at a 67 per cent clip.

The total for Friday’s Game 4 is locked in at 5.5, with the Under at an eye-popping -135 and the O5.5 at +112. And despite the fact that two of the first three games have fallen beneath that threshold despite the extra-time result, more than three-quarters of Sports Interaction bettors are taking the Over. Washington has converted the Under in five of its last six games, while the Bruins are 33-23-3 to the Under in 59 games so far this season.

Washington Capitals

Craig Smith’s Game 3 OT winner was hardly a thing of beauty. He beat Capitals defenceman Justin Schultz to a loose puck behind the net and had a clean wraparound attempt on goalie Ilya Samsonov, who was slow getting back into the net after playing the puck. The sloppy play drew the ire of Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who smashed his stick on the boards before chirping at Samsonov. Ovechkin has a goal and two assists so far in the series.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins have long been known as one of the most defensively responsible teams in the NHL, but they seem content to exchange blows with one of the league’s most dangerous offences – and so far, that tactic is working. The Bruins rank third in the Stanley Cup playoffs in shots on goal per game at 39.0 – and while they’re allowing an uncharacteristically high 36 shots per game themselves, they’ve been the superior defensive team to date.

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