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.
- 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.