Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins 03/03/2021 – It will be an emotional return for NHL veteran Zdeno Chara as he is set to play in Boston for the first time since signing with the Washington Capitals last December. The 43-year-old defenseman, who spent 14 years of his decorated career in Boston, is looking forward to facing his former team on Wednesday at the TD Garden at 07:00 PM Eastern Time. The game will be the first of a two-game schedule between both teams this week as they are scheduled to face each other again on Friday. The Bruins have been stellar at home with a 5-1-0 tally, convincing the top betting website to tag them as favorites at -150 over the team with the best record in the East. The Capitals, who are currently riding a three-game winning streak, will visit Boston as underdogs at +136.
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins 03/03/2021
When: Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins 03/03/2021 Betting Odds:
|Washington Capitals||+1 (-150)||6.5 o (-102)||+136|
|Boston Bruins||-1 (+150)||6.5 u (-112)||-150|
Washington's five-game road trip continues on Wednesday night in Boston when the Caps take on the Bruins in the front end of a set of two contests in Beantown.#ALLCAPS https://t.co/Ft3JLKtonO
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 3, 2021
The Washington Capitals know that Monday’s game in Boston will not be an ordinary one for Zdeno Chara. Having served the Bruins as captain for 14 years, it’s rather expected for Chara to express his excitement on the impending return to his former home. It’s quite less dramatic, however, as his comeback will have to be without the fans inside the arena due to the continuing health protocols as regards the pandemic. Chara admits that hearing the cheers from the crowd would be special in his return, but being the seasoned professional that he is, the veteran insisted that it will be purely business once the puck is dropped. The Capitals are looking to avenge its loss last Feb. 1 when the Bruins cruised to a 5-3 victory in Washington. The team has kept its position at the top of the East with 12 wins and 28 points in 21 games, but their rivals, including the Bruins, are not too far behind in the race. A victory on the road on Monday could have huge implications in the tight East Division joust, and the Capitals will certainly not let go of the opportunity.
Players to watch: N. Backstrom C (G 10, A 15, PTS 25), J. Carlson D (G 5, A 14, PTS 19), A. Ovechkin LW (G 7, A 10, PTS 17).
Facing Chara in their home arena will surely be an odd experience for the Bruins, but while the team sets the table for their former captain, the real job on Monday is to beat him and the rest of the Capitals. Boston is coming off a resounding 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday, and they hope to bank on the same effort and intensity as they face the top team in the East right now. The Bruins have won 12 of their 19 games so far to earn the third spot in the ladder, just below the Capitals and the Islanders, who each have 28 points. The team is slowly getting back its groove offensively after hitting a snag where it was outscored 13-4 in the last two games prior to Sunday’s redemption. Beating the Capitals requires an extended amount of work on both ends, but the Bruins will be up to the challenge.
Players to watch: B. Marchand C (G 10, A 13, PTS 23), P. Bergeron C (G 8, A 12, PTS 20), D. Pastrnak RW (G 9, A 9, PTS 18).
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Washington is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Washington is 17-3 SU in their last 20 games against Boston.
Capitals are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston.
Washington is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games played in March.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games.
Boston is 11-5 SU in their last 16 games.
Bruins are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.
Boston is 1-8 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Washington.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games against an opponent in the East conference.
Capitals vs Bruins Betting Picks
Spoil Zdeno Chara’s return to Boston; that is the main business agenda for the Bruins on Monday, which they will successfully perform. The result of the last meeting between the Bruins and the Capitals will be replicated. According to the nhl gambling odds today, the hosts are expected to bring their A-game against the stacked rivals. Boston will continue their searing offensive charge while frustrating the Capitals with blue-collar work that would serve as the difference for the game.
Score Prediction: Capitals 3, Bruins 5.