Boston Bruins (20-10-6) at Washington Capitals (25-10-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -106 / Boston Bruins -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 18 goals, David Krejci has 21 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 88.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 35 goals on 377 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 456 shots.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 19 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 26 assists and John Carlson has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 35 goals on 336 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 68 goals on 762 shots.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. The Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The under is 13-4-1 in Bruins last 18 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Bruins are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Washington and 16-37 in the last 53 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Bruins continue to be hit or miss and a lot of their recent losses have come in the underdog role. The Washington Capitals are in one of those stretches they find themselves in every year, as almost everything goes their way and they've had some of their best success on their home ice. The Bruins are capable of winning this game, but we're getting one of the hotter teams in the league at home with a very cheap price. I have to side with the Capitals here.