Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins - 4/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins - 4/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (24-12-6) vs Washington Capitals (29-12-4)

Game Info: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -120 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals will be looking to build on a 6-3 win over Philadelphia from Saturday afternoon. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 45 points including 14 goals and 31 assists. Alex Ovechkin has 42 points with a team-high 24 goals and 18 assists as well as 169 shots on goal while John Carlson also has 42 points with a team-high 32 assists. T.J. Oshie has 35 points with 14 goals and 21 assists and Tom Wilson and Anthony Mantha also have double-digit goal and assist tallies this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.5 goals on 28.3 shots per game with a 26.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 29.5 shots against with an 83.5% success rate killing off penalties this season.

The Boston Bruins will look to build on a 3-0 win over the Islanders in their last matchup. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 50 points including a team-leading 21 goals and 29 assists while Patrice Bergeron has 37 points with 16 goals and 21 assists and David Pastrnak has 35 points split between 17 goals and 18 apples this season. David Krejci has 23 assists while Craig Smith has 10 goals and 15 helpers and Charlie McAvoy’s on 23 points with 19 assists of his own this season. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.7 goals on 32.5 shots with a 23% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals on 27.5 shots with a 66% success rate on the PK this season.

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Washington is 7-1 in their last 8 games played on no rest and 19-7 in their last 26 games overall while the over is 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games. Boston is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against at eam with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could made for both sides here, with Washington being on the back-to-back, but also performing well on the second half of the back-to-back this season. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Both teams have a strong ability to find the back of the net and that’s also bee the case in the head-to-head this season as the over’s gone 4-1-1 between the two. Funny things also happen in these games with the early start times. Give me the over here.

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