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Caps, Pens on NHL betting lines

Washington has potted 10 goals in its first two wins to open the season. The Capitals will look to keep that rolling when they meet the high octane offense of the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL betting action on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh will be the favorite among oddsmakers at 5Dimes, but it’s Washington who has prevailed in the regular season head-to-head. The Capitals have shut out the Penguins in two straight and are 7-1 in the past eight meetings.

Pittsburgh could also be without Evgeni Malkin at a time when the Penguins are waiting on the return of superstar Sidney Crosby. It will be up to the defensive forwards to shut down the Capitals' stars, and Marc-Andre Fleury will have to be at his best for the Penguins to take this at home.

This history is what could draw bettors to making Washington the popular choice on the NHL betting lines for this contest. Four straight matchups between these teams have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals wagering.

The Ottawa Senators will be home favorites at 5Dimes when they entertain the Colorado Avalanche in another interesting NHL betting matchup on Thursday.

Colorado has won four straight over the Senators, including the last two meetings in Ottawa. The Senators have had a heavy travel schedule early in the season and that could play a factor when they play the Avalanche.

On Friday night it’s a West Coast tilt between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks that will draw plenty of interest on the NHL betting lines at 5Dimes.

Anaheim has won three of four head-to-head at home and that should be enough to make them slight favorites among oddsmakers for this game. The previous three matchups between these teams have sent OVER bettors to the payout window in totals wagering.