Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21

Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21 Photo by Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (28-12-4) at Boston Bruins (24-12-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Bruins -120 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins meet Sunday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 22 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 31 assists and John Carlson has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 40 goals on 398 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 76 goals on 851 shots.

The Boston Bruins look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 21 goals, David Krejci has 23 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 86 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 36 goals on 400 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 456 shots.

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The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Bruins are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The Capitals are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Boston and 38-17 in the last 55 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Boston Bruins should be favored because they have the rest advantage and their at home, but we're getting even money with a hot Capitals squad that's had no issues winning on the end of back to backs and just beat the Bruins 8-1 last week. The Washington Capitals have also beaten up on the Bruins over the years overall, which includes wins in six of the last 10 meetings. Usually always a competitive contest, but I'll role with the Caps and the more favorable price.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals +100

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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