Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 05/23/2021 Hockey Betting, Previews & Picks
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Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 05/23/2021 – The Boston Bruins aim to clinch their series against the Washington Capitals when they visit the nation’s capital anew on Sunday night for Game 5 of the first-round postseason showdown. The Bruins have zeroed in on closing out the series following their resounding 4-1 victory in Game 4 last Friday. After dropping Game 1 in OT over a week ago, Boston has taken control of the faceoff by scoring three straight wins, with the latest victory being the first lopsided affair after three consecutive overtime games. Game 5 starts at 07:00 PM Eastern Time with the visiting Bruins pegged as favorites to finish the series off based on their -126 moneyline price in the top online betting sites.
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 05/23/2021
When: Sunday, May 23, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals 05/23/2021 Betting Odds:
Game 4 was all about Boston’s remarkable ability to control the pace of the game. Relying on their speed, Boston Bruins were able to put themselves in a more advantageous position against a Washington team, which had been rather successful in keeping in step with them in the first three games of the series. On Friday night, Boston shifted to a higher gear that yielded more possessions and eventually more scoring chances. It was a total team effort for the Bruins. David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk and Brad Marchand were responsible for all of Boston’s goals while defenseman Charlie McAvoy even contributed on the offensive end with three assists.
Players to watch: C. McAvoy D (G 0 A 5 PTS 5), D. Pastrnak RW (G 1 A 3 PTS 4), J. DeBrusk LW (G 2 A 1 PTS 3).
The Capitals’ backs are now against the wall after what appeared to be a lackluster effort in containing the Bruins in their last outing. The first three games saw a tight contest between both teams; the fourth game, however, was an entirely different story as Washington got stunned by Boston’s game plan of unleashing its speed that eventually left the former in the dust. It was a savvy strategy on the part of the Bruins. The Capitals’ age was ultimately exposed in the last game and they could expect the Bruins to continue attacking the same weakness on Sunday. A major adjustment has to be made on Washington’s camp; otherwise, they could bid their season goodbye in the next game.
Players to watch: A. Ovechkin LW (G 2 A 2 PTS 4), G. Hathaway RW (G 2 A 1 PTS 3), T.J. Oshie RW (G 1 A 2 PTS 3).
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games.
Bruins vs Capitals Betting Picks
The Capitals will live to fight another day. After getting exposed by Boston’s speed last game, Washington will make the necessary adjustment to address the flaw in their game. Just like the first three games, the Capitals will engage the Bruins in a tight contest that will go down to the wire. If Game 4 was all about Boston’s quickness, Game 5 will be about Washington’s experience and poise. Despite the pressure, the Capitals will come through with a big win and upset the NHL Betting Lines.
Score Prediction: Bruins 4, Capitals 5.