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Crosby Has Gotten the Better of Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin

It's been more than a decade since Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have entered the NHL and since being drafted they have not disappointed. However, ‘Sid the Kid’ and his Pittsburgh Penguins have gotten the better of ‘Alexander The Great's’ Washington Capitals, with the Pens going 21-12 in the 33 meetings between the two teams since their superstars joined their teams.

Shark Bites
  • Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had two shutouts and a 1.27 GAA against the Penguins last season.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams.
  • The Capitals are on a five game winning streak.

Both Crosby and Ovechkin have put up some phenomenal stats during their head-to-head encounters. Crosby has tallied 18 goals and 33 assists while Ovie has potted 22 goals and 16 assists through their 33 games against each other.

The two phenoms will be looking to rack up the score against consistent goaltenders. Marc-Andre Fluery, who has posted a 2.02 GAA this season, has started every game this season for the Penguins and Wednesday looks no different. The Caps will likely turn to Braden Holtby for his seventh start of the season as the goaltender has posted a 2.03 GAA this year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in this one, they Penguins listed earlier today as underdogs of 123 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3-1.6 result in favor of the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 4-4-0 this season, while the Capitals are 6-1-0. Pittsburgh is 0-6-2 on the totals; Washington is 3-3-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Penguins - Capitals odds would favor the Capitals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 26.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 4.14 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 5 at 2 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 38.89% while the Penguins defense kills off 82.61% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +125 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 7-4 winner as they battled the Oilers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -113 were rewarded, while the 11 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • Washington is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Buffalo, Thursday, October 29th
Washington home to Columbus, Friday, October 30th

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