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Caps meet Penguins in NHL betting

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to pick up their fourth straight win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night as those Atlantic Division clubs meet in NHL betting action.

The Penguins are 3-0 over their past three games against the Capitals, including a 5-2 win as a -177 home favorite in their most recent matchup on February 7. That was the third straight OVER result in Penguins vs. Capitals games for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh battles the Capitals, currently with a 12-15-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-13 for the Penguins and 11-15-2 for the Capitals.

View Washington vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Penguins in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -231 on most hockey betting menus early today for Monday's contest. The over-under was at 6 earlier at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Penguins) and the No. 25 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.6 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 24 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.1% rate while the Capitals have a 76.2% rate on the penalty kill.

In their last action, Washington was a 5-3 winner at home against the Sabres. Bettors on Washington at -126 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Penguins were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -123 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Buffalo are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Capitals at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Winnipeg, Thursday, March 21
Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, Friday, March 22