The Washington Capitals (12-5-4) visit the Boston Bruins (12-5-2) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at TD Garden. Below, we analyze the Capitals-Bruins odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
Capitals at Bruins: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Capitals +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Bruins -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Capitals +1.5 (-225) | Bruins -1.5 (+180)
- Over/Under: 6 (O: -120 | U: +100)
Capitals at Bruins: Projected starting goalies
Vitek Vanecek (9-4-3, 2.81 GAA, .909 SV%) vs. Tuukka Rask (8-3-1, 2.71 GAA, .896 SV%)
Vanecek returns to the crease after wins Feb. 25 and 27 in which he allowed a total of 4 goals on 52 shots. He has faced the Bruins twice this season and is 1-1-0 with a .907 save percentage and 3.53 goals against average.
Rask is projected as the Bruins’ starter. He will look to tap into whatever he did last time out at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers Sunday when he allowed just one goal on 21 shots, tying a season best for goals allowed (three times). He will face the Capitals for the first time since Jan. 30 when he lost 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena. Rask allowed four goals on 23 shots in that one.
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Capitals at Bruins: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Bruins 4, Capitals 2
Money line (ML)
The BRUINS (-150) are moderate favorites on their home ice. While Washington has been hot, winning four of the past five games overall, it has dropped four of the past five as a road underdog. Boston is also 5-1 in the previous six at home, and 4-0 in its past four against teams with a winning record.
This goes against the series trends, however, as Washington has won 36 of the past 51 vs. Boston, including eight wins in the past nine trips to Beantown.
Against the spread (ATS)
The BRUINS -1.5 (+180) are a tempting play as you can nearly double up if they can cover the puck line. This also goes against the trends in this series. It might take an empty-net goal late, but this is certainly worth a small-unit play.
The O/U line is 6, and I am projecting a push in this particular matchup. If I had a lean, it would be to the Under, which is 19-6-1 in the previous 26 meetings in Massachusetts.
The alternate line of UNDER 6.5 (-125) is not a bad price.
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