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Penguins Crushing Caps as Favorites

Penguins vs Capitals

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.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 13-1 in their last 14 games with one day off between games.
  • The Capitals are 12-0 SU in their last 12 games on Monday.
  • The Penguins are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on Monday.

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.

Home ice advantage won't be the only thing favoring the Penguins tonight, as Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik received a three game suspension for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta. Orpik has averaged over 20 minutes of ice time during the playoffs so far.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Washington Capitals before puck drop in this match found them as 115 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.7-2 result in favor of 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 Penguins sit at 52-27-9 on the season; in comparison, the Washington Capitals are currently 61-21-8. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 40-33-15 OU, and Washington is 35-37-18 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Washington injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 15-ranked Washington Capitals, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 2-ranked offense (3.04 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.27 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.51% rate while the Capitals have a 86.27% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 4th

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