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Penguins Almost Perfect After a Day Off

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Game 4 of the second round series between the Penguins and Capitals goes tonight in Pittsburgh and the Pens will look a grab a 3-1 series stranglehold. Coming off Monday’s 3-2 victory, Pittsburgh is now on a run that’s seen them go 14-1 in their last 15 games with a day off between games. The day off between games trend hasn’t been as kind to the Caps, as they’re 1-4 in their last five in that situation.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 3-7 in their last 10 games on the road against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Penguins' last seven games at home.
  • The Capitals are 1-4 in their last five games as underdogs.

The Pens will be without a key part of their lineup as defenseman Kris Letang has been suspended for a late hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3. Letang’s absence will leave a major void in Pittsburgh’s lineup. The defenseman has averaged over 30 minutes of ice time during the series and the Pens were 2-8-1 without Letang in the lineup during the regular season.

Pittsburgh entered the day as slim +105 favorites to win the game. They’ve been on a nice roll as home favorites, posting a 15-5 record in their last 20 games in that situation, including wins in six of their last seven as home faves.

The Capitals tend to be a good bounce back team as they’re 23-7 in their last 30 games after a loss. A loss tonight would be three straight for them — something that’s happened just once all season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as -122 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.1-1.6 result in favor of the Penguins. 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

54-27-9 Pittsburgh battles the Capitals, currently with a 61-22-8 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 40-34-16 for the Penguins and 35-37-19 for the Capitals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 1 and the Washington Capitals at No. 15 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.04 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.27 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 19.31% while the Capitals defense kills off 86.41% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -134 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Washington is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 7th

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