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#75 Washington Capitals vs.
#76 Boston Bruins
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:05pm EDT
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having ended a two-game winning run with a defeat in Philadelphia, the Boston Bruins (4th in East Division) will open a five-game homestand with a clash against the Washington Capitals (1st in the East), who just snapped a two-game skid with a triumph in Buffalo.

Caps End Losing Run

A two-game losing skid (0-2-0) came to an end for the Washington Capitals (26-11-4), who edged out the Buffalo Sabres with a score of 4-3 at KeyBank Center on Friday. Playing just 24 hours after dropping a 4-2 home decision against the Boston Bruins, the Caps never gave up its lead against the Sabres after taking it two-and-a-half minutes into the outing through Brenden Dillon (2 goals, 14 points this year), with Buffalo only managing to make it a one-goal game on three separate occasions subsequently. Alex Ovechkin (21 goals, 36 points), Justin Schultz (3 goals, 21 points) and Jakub Vrana (11 goals, 24 points) all also scored for Washington, which is 3-1-0 in its last four road contests.

Goalie Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 shots on Friday to take his current performance record to 16-7-3 for the season with a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He has posted a 2-2-0 past total versus Boston with a 3.28 GAA and a .893 save percentage, while Ilya Samsonov (9-3-1 on the year with a 2.97 GAA and a .894 save percentage) has gone 0-1-0 in three previous appearances against the Bruins with a 3.01 GAA and a .860 save percentage. The Capitals are 4th in most goals scored per game this season (3.32), 14th in most goals allowed on average (3.00), 7th in power play (24.0%) and 8th in penalty kill (83.1%).

Bruins Snap Point Streak

A two-game winning run and a four-game point streak (3-0-1) were snapped for the Boston Bruins (21-11-6), who were edged out with a count of 3-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center this afternoon. Patrice Bergeron (16 goals, 35 points this year) opened the scoring five-and-a-half minutes into the game, while Jake DeBrusk (4 goals, 8 points) tied it at 2-2 midway through the second period before the hosts grabbed the win at 6:59 of the final third. Craig Smith (7 goals, 21 points) assisted on both snipes for Boston, which is 7-3-2 in its last 12 overall matchups.

Goalie Jeremy Swayman made 20 saves today to take his current performance status to 2-1-0 for the season with a 2.35 GAA and a .929 save percentage. Dan Vladar (2-1-1 this year with a 2.25 GAA and a .922 save percentage), though, is penciled in to start in the net for Boston tomorrow, despite having never faced the Washington Capitals before. The Bruins, meanwhile, are scoring the 14th lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.76), while conceding the 6th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.47). The team ranks 9th in power play with a 23.3% success rate and sits at the top of the league in penalty kill with 87.1% efficiency.

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Despite not having either of their two starting goalies available during their past four contests, the Bruins have somehow managed to go 2-1-1 throughout that stretch. There is a slight chance that Tuukka Rask might actually be fit enough to start tomorrow after tweaking his back a month ago. One way or another, though, Boston will still be playing with no rest. And the team hasn’t been that good when playing the second outings of its back-to-backs lately. In fact, the B’s have only managed to grab two victories in their past eight matchups without a breather, while the Capitals are 6-0 in their last six contests played on the last night of a 4-games-in-6-days situation, 5-0 on their previous five Sundays and 9-2 on their most recent 11 trips to Boston. We’ll take the Caps!

Prediction: Washington Capitals (-105)

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This series has been quite productive when it comes down to scoring lately, with five of the last six overall contests between Washington and Boston all delivering plenty of strikes, averaging no less than 7.40 tallies per matchup. So, do bank on their upcoming fixture to deliver the goods offensively once again! Six of the previous eight overall games of the Capitals have all already cruised past the five-goal barrier, recording an average of 8.33 strikes per outing, while three of the last five matchups of the Bruins have all witnessed at least six markers on the scoreboard.

Prediction: Over 5.5

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