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#225 Washington Capitals vs.
#226 Boston Bruins
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Valdis Pans

Playing the second contest of a back-to-back set, the Washington Capitals (1st in East Division) will pay a visit to the Boston Bruins (4th in the East), who are riding a three-game winning streak.

Caps Batter Philly

A back-to-back weekender started with a triumph for the Washington Capitals (29-12-4), who followed up Thursday’s unexpected 5-2 home defeat to the Buffalo Sabres with a 6-3 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center yesterday afternoon. Alex Ovechkin (24 goals, 42 points this year) tallied twice. John Carlson (10 goals, 42 points) picked up a career-high four assists, while Anthony Mantha (14 goals, 25 points) banked his third snipe in as many games since being traded to Washington by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The Capitals are 4-1-0 in their last five contests, currently riding a three-game winning run on the road.

Goalie Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 shots versus Philadelphia, taking his current performance status to 11-3-1 for the season with a 2.84 GAA and a .898 save percentage. Vitek Vanecek (17-8-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.69 GAA and a .911 save percentage), though, is expected to slide back into the crease today, having already posted a 3-2-0 past tally against the Boston Bruins with a 2.79 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 2nd in most goals scored per game this year (3.51), 14th in most goals allowed on average (2.96), 2nd best in power play (27.3%) and 7th in penalty kill (83.1%).

Bruins Expand Win Run

The current winning streak of the Boston Bruins (24-12-6) extended to three straight fixtures after the team blanked the New York Islanders with a score of 3-0 at TD Garden on Friday. David Pastrnak (17 goals, 35 points this year) opened the scoring with three seconds left in the first period with his first strike in eight games. Taylor Hall (4 goals, 21 points) made it 2-0 in the middle frame with his second marker in three games since being traded to Boston by the Buffalo Sabres, while Curtis Lazar (6 goals, 10 points), who came as a part of Hall’s trade, buried an empty-netter with 1:12 remaining. The Bruins are 4-1-1 in their last six domestic matchups.

Goalie Jeremy Swayman (4-1-0 on the season with a 1.78 GAA and a .938 save percentage) became the ninth rookie netminder to get a shutout this season, earning it with a 25-save performance on Friday. Do expect Tuukka Rask (9-4-2 on the year with a 2.31 GAA and a .910 save percentage) back in the crease versus Washington, though, despite him having registered a 3-11-7 career tally against the Capitals with a 3.03 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 13th in least goals scored per game this year (2.74), 6th in least goals conceded on average (2.50), 9th in power play (22.5%) and top of the league in penalty kill (86.5%).

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The Capitals most certainly demonstrated the true masterclass in bouncing back, recovering from Thursday’s humiliating 5-2 home defeat to the Buffalo Sabres with a rousing 6-3 triumph at the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday afternoon. With that, they went 4-1-0 in their past five fixtures, winning for the third consecutive time on the road. A three-game winning run on own ice, meanwhile, is presently following the Bruins, who have improved to a 3-1-0 record on their current five-game homestand after dropping the first contest of it following an 8-1 defeat to Washington. A ploy to avenge itself will most definitely be on the mind of Boston. Still, do back the visitors to cause another upset in Beantown, with the Caps having already banked 10 wins on their last 12 trips to the home of the B’s. Washington has also been super deadly when playing the second contests of its back-to-backs, triumphing on seven of the last eight occasions, while the most recent home record of the Bruins against teams with a road winning percentage above the .600 mark is just abysmal. 0-5 on the previous five tries? No, thank you! We’ll take the Caps!

Prediction: Washington Capitals (+105)

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Six of the previous seven contests between Washington and Boston have already delivered the goods when it comes to scoring, averaging no less than 7.67 strikes per matchup. So, do bank on their upcoming bout to rise over the total once again! The very last six overall outings of the Capitals have already gone past the five-goal barrier, recording an average of 7.50 markers per clash, with eight of their previous 10 Sunday matchups all also witnessing quite a substantial amount of goals. The most recent nine overall outings of the Bruins, meanwhile, have amassed an average of 6.11 snipes per encounter.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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