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Penguins Sizzling at the Right Time

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Momentum is a huge factor when looking to back a team in Stanley Cup futures come playoff time and right now, there is no squad playing better hockey than the Pittsburgh Penguins. The sizzling Pens will look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they face the NHL’s best team, the Washington Capitals, Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 23-6 SU in their last 29 home games.
  • The Penguins are 7-0 SU in their last seven games on the road.
  • The Penguins are 9-0 SU in their last nine games with one day off between games.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Caps at -135 on home ice while the Pens are +105. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is EVEN odds while UNDER 5.5 goals is -130.

The Pens have shot up the standings and now have the second-most points in the Eastern Conference with 102; still 15 back of the Capitals, but an impressive surge nonetheless considering where they were in December.

Going back a little further, Pittsburgh has actually won 13 of their previous 14 games and thumped the Caps 6-2 back on March 20.

The Caps have been on cruise control entering the postseason as they’ve lost back-to-back games and four of their last six. The teams have split four meetings this season with each winning once on home ice and once in the other’s barn.

Braden Holtby is confirmed to start in the crease for the Caps. Holtby has started all four games versus the Pens this season and has a goals against average of 2.65 and a .920 save percentage in those games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in this one, they Penguins listed earlier today as underdogs of 109 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.8-0.6 win for the Penguins on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Washington will face the 47-25-8 Penguins. In totals betting, the Capitals are 31-31-17 in over under betting so far this season while the Pittsburgh Penguins are 35-31-14. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Washington Capitals at No. 10 and the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 2-ranked offense (3.09 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.46 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 23.11% rate while the Penguins have a 83.87% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Senators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -176 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-3 loser at home against the Islanders. Bettors on New York at +166 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Washington
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • Washington is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Washington's last 23 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Saturday, April 9th
Washington at St. Louis, Saturday, April 9th