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Boston Bruins Odds
The Eastern Conference’s third seed will be on the line Sunday afternoon when the Boston Bruins (0-2-0, zero points) face off against the Washington Capitals (0-1-1, one point) in Toronto.
The winner of Sunday’s contest will meet the New York Islanders in the first round, while the loser of Sunday’s tilt will be the fourth seed and be assured to face the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins have struggled to ignite their ninth-ranked offense, with a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday and a 3-2 setback to Tampa Bay three days later, with David Pastrnak (NHL high-tying 48 goals, 95 points) and Brad Marchand (team-best 59 assists) failing to record a point while combining for a minus-6 rating.
Pastrnak (two goals, three assists) and Marchand (one goal, three assists) had little issue providing offense during three regular-season meetings with Washington.
Washington Capitals Odds
The Washington Capitals (0-1-1, one point) bid to secure the Eastern Conference’s third seed on Sunday afternoon when they square off against the Boston Bruins (0-2-0, zero points) in Toronto.
The winner of Sunday’s contest will face the New York Islanders in the first round, while the loser of Sunday’s tilt will be the fourth seed and draw the Carolina Hurricanes. Superstar captain Alex Ovechkin, who tied Boston’s David Pastrnak with an NHL-best 48 goals, did not record a point during Washington’s 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Monday or a 3-1 setback to Philadelphia three days later.
Former Vezina Trophy recipient Braden Holtby turned aside 44 of 49 shots in those two defeats heading into a tilt with Boston, against which he sports a sizzling 18-4-0 record with a 1.98 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.