Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals: Free Picks, Odds & Predictions

Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
Boston vs Washington, Scotiabank Arena

The Boston Bruins have been a mess during their time in the NHL bubble, and have looked lost in both seeding games they’ve played. The Washington Capitals looked good in a shootout loss to Tampa Bay and look to be in just off-peak form as the playoffs near. This matchup got a little more interesting because Boston seemed to come alive in the final 30 minutes of its loss to Tampa Bay, but there isn’t much for the Bruins to play for Sunday. Meanwhile, the Capitals are still in the hunt for the No. 1 seed and want to cement that high placing with another good showing.

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As poor has the Bruins have played in the bubble, Boston started to find its defensive structure a bit against Tampa Bay. That should be enough to limit the Capitals’ scoring prowess, but Boston has struggled to score goals, and its bigger scorers have been largely absent. The NHL betting sites in New Jersey set the over/under on this one at 5.5 goals, and that will be tight to the number, but I don’t see the team combining for more than five goals with so much on the line.

UNDER 5.5 GOALS (+100)

These odds clearly haven’t changed much based on the action in Toronto so far, so run to the sportsbook to bet the Capitals to win. Boston’s struggles and Washington’s surge has made the Capitals the easy favorite Sunday, but the sportsbooks haven’t updated yet. This is the last game before the NHL playoffs heat up and the Capitals are trying to make a statement while Boston is just trying to find its groove. That’s a recipe for Washington to win and do so easily.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS TO WIN (+100)

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Boston Washington
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-120 +100

Statistics

Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Bruins and Capitals, but first since right before Christmas. Washington won the first matchup in Boston in a shootout then won a 3-2 contest in Washington before the Bruins exploded for a 7-3 win on Dec. 23.

Stats

  • The Capitals are 16-2-0 against the Bruins over the past six seasons and have advanced past the Bruins the past two times they have met in the postseason.
  • The Bruins had four losing streaks of at least three games during the regular season, though only one of those included three losses in regulation.
  • Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were a combined -7 with eight shots in the loss to the Flyers. They were even with eight shots and a Bergeron assist in the loss to Tampa Bay.
  • Washington was without top defenseman John Carlson, and he was questionable to play against Philadelphia. Carlson scored a team-high 75 points during the regular season and is a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.

Our Prediction for Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals to win

The Capitals have been a bad matchup for the Bruins for more than a decade, and that won’t stop in this new format. Boston’s poor start to the round robin feeds into a confident Washington bunch, and allows the Capitals to potentially seal the top seed in the playoffs.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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