Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Penguins Odds
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(0-0) Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0)
Date: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 7:00 PM (EST)
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -131
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total:5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their journey defending the Stanley Cup on Thursday night when they host the Washington Capitals at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins finished the regular season last year in second place behind the Capitals, before they skated their way through the Playoffs in route to a championship.
Although they fell short of the overall prize, the Capitals were able to finish the regular season with the best record last season at 56-18-8, collecting 120 points in the process.
After dominating the majority of the NHL last season, the Washington was able to keep their roster intact for the most part during the summer, which led the team to a 4-3 record throughout the post season, with two of the losses coming after regulation in either overtime or a shootout.
They ended in preseason on in perfect fashion, shutting out the Islanders to a score of 4-0 last Sunday.
If the Capitals needed any more fuel to get fired up against their arch rivals, they will get when they are forced to watch the Penguins lower the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion banner.
The Capitals have had the reputation the past few seasons as one of the better teams in the NHL, and getting a win in Pittsburgh would show that this season isn’t going to be any different.
Washington is already projected to make a deep push in the Eastern Conference playoffs and the regular season opener might just be a preview of what it to come later on in the season.
The Caps have one of the top goalies in the league, a strong blue line and will be led by Nicklas Backstorm, Evgenu Kuznetsov, and Alex Ovechkin.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to put together another spectacular season this year as they make an attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.
The Penguins will start the season with another injury to their team captain and they still are not sure exactly how long Crosby will be off the ice.
The Penguins will return a solid core to do as much damage as possible in the early going while they wait for Crosby’s return.
With Matt Murray currently suffering with a broken hand, Marc-Andre Fleury will regain his starting position after losing the spot to Murray last year during the playoffs.
At this point, Fleury still has a lot to prove concerning whether or not he has returned to top form, but the spot in the lineup is his to lose as the regular season begins.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- The Washington Capitals are 1-4 throughout their last five games on the road.
- The Penguins are 11-3 during their previous 14 Thursday night games.
Free Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
Yes, playing without Crosby will have an effect for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they haven’t had an issue putting the puck in the back of the net in the past when skating without some of their star players.
Phil Kessel was good for 59 points last season and Evgeni Malkin also got into the mix with with 58 points in only 57 games.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -131
Washington is 0-4 in their last 4 games in Pittsburgh, 1-4 in their last five on the road, and 1-4 in their last five overall.
With Holtby in goal for the Capitals and Fleury on a mission to prove he is the man and can handle regaining his position, this game should be highly competitive with a lot of shots on goal, but I look for the total to stay under 5.
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