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Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Betting Info, Game Odds and Picks (Sunday, April 18, 2021)

NHL betting: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Odds and Predictions

Gamblers are concerned about the Boston Bruins’ inability to score goals.  Inability to light the lamp is seen as the biggest threat to Boston’s postseason hopes.  Thus, the Bruins traded for Taylor Hall at the trade deadline.  Hall is no sure thing as an NHL betting asset.  He arrived from Buffalo with a damaged reputation.  But the Bruins believe Hall can regain his Hart Trophy form with their superior supporting cast.  In like manner, the Washington Capitals acquired Anthony Mantha from Detroit.  Secondary scoring is the reason for the move.  Goal scoring is at a premium this NHL season.

Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Betting Information

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV Coverage: NBC

Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Capitals +1½ (-220) 5½ (-117) +121
Bruins -1½ (+180) 5½ (-103) -114
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Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins CashBet Wagering Analysis

By reason of their respective Bitcoin Sportsbook reputation, betting action will stay even here.  Sunday’s game is a classic Squares vs. Sharps matchup. Wise Guys will flock to a quality Washington team getting a reasonable road price.  Squares will prefer the name-brand Bruins on home ice.

Capitals Fighting for First in East Division 

Late on, the Capitals have won five of their last seven games.  Five of their previous six went over the number.  Washington is 28-11-4 with 25-16 over the total.  First place in the East Division belongs to the Capitals.  Washington has Betting on NHL metrics of 2nd for goal scoring and 2nd for the power play.  On the back end, the Capitals are 18th for goals against and 9th for penalty killing.

Head coach Peter Laviolette arrived for the 2021 season to tighten up Washington.  Specifically, the Capitals were a 200-foot team during their 2017 Stanley Cup championship run.  Barry Trotz was the coach at that time.  Trotz is the only coach during Alex Ovechkin’s career that could convince the team to play responsible defense.  Following Trotz’s departure, the Capitals reverted to sloppy play on the back end.  Laviolette is correcting that.

Ovechkin remains the top goal-scoring threat on the Caps.  To show, The Great Eight has a team-best 22 goals to go with 17 assists.  Center Nicklas Backstrom adds 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-one.  And then goaltender Vitek Vanecek brings a .913 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average.  Backup Ilya Samsonov owns a .899 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average.

Playoff Failure Bruin for Boston?

Boston brings a pro hockey betting record of 22-12-6 with 15-24 under the total.  Recently the Bruins won three of their last five games.  While three of their previous five cleared the number.  Boston leads the Rangers by four points for the final playoff spot in the East Division.  Accordingly, the Bruins rank 20th in the NHL for goals scored and 9th for the power play.  Defensively, Boston is 9th for goals allowed and 2nd for penalty killing.

Goalies Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask are both over .907 for save percentage.  And both are under 2.45 for goals against averages.  Brad Marchand is the Bruins’ top scorer with 19 goals, 29 assists, and a plus-15.  Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each add 16 goals.

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Against the Spread

The Capitals have won four of their last six away games.  Five of their previous seven road tilts went over the hockey betting total.

Boston has dropped four of their last six games on home ice.  Three of the Bruins’ previous five home games went over the total.

Boston has won four of their last seven games with the Capitals.  Only one of the previous seven games between these teams stayed under the total.  But Washington has bossed the payout window at TD Garden.  To show, the Capitals came away with the cash in ten of their last 12 games at Boston.  Only two of the previous six games between these teams at Boston went over the total.

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Capitals will get a favorable NHL gambling price as the away team.  Boston’s goal-scoring problems are a perpetual concern.  So too, are the Capitals tightening up the back end for playoff time.

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