After the Penguins and Capitals split the first two games of their second round series in D.C., the series will shift to the Steel City as Pittsburgh will look to build on a home ice advantage trend that’s seen them win five of their last six and 15 of their last 20.
The Penguins opened as -139 favorites for the game, and they’ve been dominating the Caps in this spot. As faves against Washington, they’ve gone 9-2 in their last 11. As underdogs, it’s been an overall struggle for the Caps as they’ve gone just 4-9 in their last 13 games as dogs.
Washington has shown a consistent ability to bounce back this season, posting a 23-6 record in games after a loss. They did, however, lose two straight games in their first round series against the Flyers. Looking at the past seven weeks, the Penguins have lost two games in a three game span just once.
Caps goalie Braden Holtby has been kept busy by a Penguins offense that’s put 80 shots on net in the first two games of the series. The Pens have been unable to convert on any of those attempts while on the man advantage though, as they’ve gone 0 for 7 on the power play so far.