The Senators have won three in a row since a Game 1 loss — all by one goal — and can close out Boston in Thursday’s Game 5 on home ice.
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The Stanley Cup Playoffs take a bit of a breather with only two games on Friday’s schedule, including Bruins who will need a win in Ottawa to stay alive in their series with the Sens. We break down all the matchups and odds in our betting preview.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (-210, 5.5)
Series tied 2-2
ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (42-28-8-8, 40-44 O/U): Despite tumbling back to Square One, coach Mike Babcock feels his upstart Maple Leafs should be optimistic heading into Friday’s Game 5 against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals at the Verizon Center. William Nylander has collected a goal and an assist in consecutive games and fellow rookie Auston Matthews joined Tyler Bozak in scoring in back-to-back contests. Zach Hyman also tallied to give Toronto five rookie goal-scorers to join the 2007-08 New York Rangers as the only teams over the last 25 years of the playoffs to accomplish that feat. Mitch Marner, also a rookie, set up a pair of goals to share top honors in points (four) with Bozak and defenseman Morgan Rielly.
ABOUT THE CAPITALS (57-19-5-5, 39-32 O/U): Washington’s T.J. Oshie has been providing back-breaking moments for Babcock throughout the series, highlighted by recording his third career postseason multi-goal performance on Wednesday Tom Wilson continued to torment his hometown team by tallying twice on Wednesday to increase his goal total to three in the series after mustering just seven in 82 regular-season games. “When you’re a kid, you always have big dreams. I was lucky enough to fulfill them,” the 23-year-old Wilson said. “It’s a huge privilege.” Nate Schmidt has provided a bit of offense with an assist in back-to-back contests in the absence of fellow defenseman Karl Alzner (upper body), who was listed as day-to-day by coach Barry Trotz on Thursday.
SERIES PRICE (PER SPORTS INTERACTION):
LINE HISTORY: The Capitals opened as -210 moneyline home favorites in this pivitol Game 5 matchup. The total opened at 5.5. Check out the complete line history here.
Maple Leafs – D R. Polak (Out For Season, leg), LW J. Leivo (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), RW N. Soshnikov (Out Indefinitely, undisclosed), C E. Fehr (Out Indefinitely, hand), LW J. Lupul (I-R, conditioning), D S. Robidas (Out For Season, knee), RW N. Horton (Out For Season, spine).
Capitals – D K. Alzner (Questionable, upper body).
* Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
* Capitals are 17-5 in their last 22 Friday games.
* Over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Under is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 home games.
* Maple Leafs are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington.