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Pens look to continue dominance at home vs Capitals

The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting hot at the right time and that could mean bad news for the Eastern Conference. The defending Stanley Cup champions are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games and are riding a six-game winning streak at home.

  • The Capitals are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games with one day off between games.
  • Pittsburgh is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games vs Washington.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven games in this matchup.

The Capitals will try to further their lead in the Metropolitan Division on the road vs the Penguins. Washington is 2-7 SU in its last nine trips to PPG Paints Arena and may have PTSD from all the previous playoff series losses.

But this is a new year and Washington has routinely been a great regular-season team. Caps backers should note they’re 8-4 SU in their last 12 games and 3-1 SU in their last four road games.

The Penguins, on the other hand, may have found their groove and have launched themselves to sixth in the Eastern Conference with their recent play. Pittsburgh has been an offensive monster this past month, averaging 3.75 goals per game with Sidney Crosby currently riding a 10-game point streak after leading the NHL in scoring in January.

Pittsburgh’s early-season struggles to stop the puck were also well documented but in January, the Pens held teams to 2.25 goals per game and limited opponents to only six goals during their most recent three-game win streak.

These two teams split their first two meetings but it’s worth noting that neither of those games was in Pittsburgh and the Penguins as a favorite have been profitable for bettors as they’re 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games as chalk.

Totals bettors should note the UNDER has been the profitable angle when these two teams meet as the UNDER has hit in three straight games in this matchup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -146 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The OVER/UNDER total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.3-2.3 win for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 30-15-5 this season, while the Penguins are 28-21-3. Washington is 28-22 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 26-24-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 3-ranked Penguins and the No. 19-rated Capitals in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Washington defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.82 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 26.67% while the Capitals defense kills off 80.36% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Washington was a 5-3 winner at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Washington at -140 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Sharks on January 30. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -168 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Vegas, Sunday, February 4
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, Saturday, February 3