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Up 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to close things out in Game 6 on home ice Tuesday night. Home ice has been a safe haven for the Pens and their backers during the postseason and they’ll look for one more victory to set up a date with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 0-3 SU in their last three games in Pittsburgh.
  • The Capitals are 0-12 SU in their last 12 games on the road in May.
  • The Penguins are 14-0 SU in their last 14 games after a loss.

Online sportsbook Bovada is presently offering the Penguins at -135 in moneyline markets while the Capitals are presently +115. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 while UNDER 5 goals is EVEN.

The Penguins have been fantastic on home ice in the postseason, going 4-1 SU in the five games played at the Consol Energy Center thus far. The only setback was a 4-2 loss in Game 2 of their opening round series versus the New York Rangers, which happened to be Jeff Zatkoff’s last start in this playoff run before making way for Matt Murray.

Going back to the conclusion of the regular season, the Pens have actually gone 7-1 SU in their previous eight games on home ice.

The Caps stayed alive with a 3-1 victory on home ice in Game 5 thanks to two-point nights from both Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. Defenseman Brooks Orpik returns to the lineup for the Capitals Tuesday night after serving his three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Olli Maatta.

Despite being up 3-2, surely the Pens would love a bit more offense from Sidney Crosby. The captain has just two assists in the series and has only managed 11 shots on Caps’ netminder Braden Holtby.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -109 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

A 3-2.8 result in favor of the Capitals is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penguins sit at 55-28-9 on the season; in comparison, the Washington Capitals are currently 62-22-9. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 40-35-17 OU, and Washington is 35-38-20 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins rated this week at No. 1 and the Washington Capitals sitting at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.02 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.27 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 19.26% while the Capitals defense kills off 86.35% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Washington is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 12th

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