Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals - 8/9/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals - 8/9/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (44-16-12) at Washington Capitals (41-21-9)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -101 / Boston Bruins -122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL East Qualifying round robin action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Boston Bruins look for a victory after losing their first two games to the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Boston Bruins are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with two goals, Joakim Nordstrom has one assist and David Pastrnak has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed four goals on 29 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed three goals on 35 shots.

The Washington Capitals are also looking for their first bubble victory after losses to the Lightning and Flyers. The Washington Capitals are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Richard Panik leads Washington with one goal, Radko Gudas has two assists and Alex Ovechkin has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up five goals on 49 shots faced.

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The Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 16-6 in their last 22 games as a favorite and 16-6 in their last 22 overall. The Capitals are 9-1 in their last 10 Sunday games, 10-3 in their last 13 games as an underdog and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Bruins are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Washington and 16-35 in the last 51 meetings.

Neither of these teams have looked great through two games, but they ran into two of the hotter clubs entering the bubble, so the results aren't a big surprise. The difference here is that the Washington Capitals have looked sharper on the defensive end, and they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins. The Capitals have had no issues finding the back of the net in past meetings against Boston, and they've been money in the underdog role. I like the Caps to get on the board with their first victory in the NHL bubble.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -101

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