Washington Capitals (13-5-4) at Boston Bruins (12-5-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -145 / Washington Capitals +131 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins meet Friday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Washington Capitals look to build on their four game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 29.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 10 goals, John Carlson has 14 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up nine goals on 74 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 48 goals on 536 shots.
The Boston Bruins need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 10 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 12 assists and Nick Ritchie has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 87.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 34 goals on 346 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 17 goals on 175 shots.
The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 home games. The Capitals are 18-6 in the last 24 meetings in Boston and 37-15 in the last 52 meetings. The underdog is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Washington Capitals have played the better hockey over the last week or so, and they just beat the Bruins in overtime a couple of days ago. In fact, the Caps have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins overall. The Boston Bruins are going to be the favorites most nights at home and they're still a force defensively, but we're getting the hotter team and plus money. I'll take it.