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Banged-Up Bruins Small Underdogs Against Host Capitals

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are small moneyline favorites in NHL betting odds for their game against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The short-handed Boston Bruins are underdogs as they take on the Washington Capitals for the fifth time this season on Thursday night. The two teams have split the first four meetings with the Bruins winning 5-1 in the most recent matchup.  

Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals
  • Date/Time: April 8, 7 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Capital One Arena
  • TV Coverage: ESPN+
  • Opening Odds: Capitals -106 | O/U 5.5 (Line History)
  • Bruins vs Capitals Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The game opened with the Capitals as favorites at -106 and the line can now be found in the -108 to -120 range depending on the book. The total opened at 5.5 and is locked in at that number with the OVER favored in the -118 to -133 range.

Boston News & Notes

After a good start to the season, the Boston Bruins find themselves in a bit of a precarious position as they sit in the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division, five points up on the Rangers and Flyers. The Bruins have, however, gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games even with their starting goalie missing seven of them.

Tuukka Rask has been out of the lineup since March 25 when he left mid-game with an upper-body injury. Jaroslav Halak had assumed the starting role in Rask’s absence, but he has since been placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 list. The Bruins have had to turn to a tandem of Dan Vladar (2-1-1) and Jeremy Swayman (1-0-0), who have played well in limited duty.

The injuries don’t stop there for the Bruins, who could be without four regular defensemen on Thursday. John Moore is out for the season, Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo are on the injured reserve list and Charlie McAvoy is questionable.

Washington News & Notes

While the Bruins slipped a bit, the Washington Capitals quietly moved into first place in the division due largely to a potent offense. Only the Maple Leafs and Avalanche have scored more goals than the Capitals and no team has scored more often at even strength.

The Capitals have allowed many more overall scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances than they have created this season at even strength, which is a bit puzzling considering how many more goals they have scored than allowed.

Those numbers are especially odd considering the team’s struggles in net as Ilya Samsonov sports a poor .896 save percentage despite a 9-2-1 record while Vitek Vanecek has a .911 mark in 27 games.

The answer to the lots-of-goals-despite-low-chances riddle may be obvious given the team’s offensive weaponry. The greatest goal scorer of his generation, Alex Ovechkin, again leads the team with 19 goals in 35 games.

Betting Pick: Capitals -115

The Caps are not only the better team, they are currently the much healthier team. It is hard to trust the Bruins’ third- and fourth-string goalies against the high-powered Caps offense.

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  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Boston’s last 15 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games.
  • Boston is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games against Washington.