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(5-2-0) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals (4-1-0)
2017 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semi Finals Game 2
Date: Saturday April 29th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Verizon Center in Washington, DC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -140
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Pens managed to earn a victory in the important Game 1 of the series on the road, setting the stage for what should be a tight, exciting series between two powerhouse squads.
The Penguins showed up for Game 1, claiming the early lead in series and applying the pressure to Washington to at least split at home before heading to Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby netted two markers to outpace Alex Ovechkin and lift his team to the early series victory.
It was Nick Bonino, who was part of the excellent “HBK” line during last season’s playoff run, that surmounted to the game 1 hero with the GWG.
Evgeni Malkin is the layoff leader in points, with 11 thus far. He’s followed closely by Crosby and his nine and Phil Kessel with eight. The trio was one of the top scoring groups in the entire league this season, so it’s no surprise to see their ranking at the top.
Matt Murray, injured in the warm-ups of game 1 in the first series still has yet to appear in a playoff game this spring. It will once again be Marc-Andre Fleury who gets the nod, who has a .934 SV% though six games.
The Capitals have been led by the excellent play of TJ Oshie this postseason, who has registered eight points in seven games to date.
Alex Ovechkin scored in game 1 to bring his total to four, leading his Caps in the category.
In was amounted to be an exciting, close game 1, look for the Capitals defenseman to make their mark on the series.
Kevin Shattenkirk was brought in to QB the powerplay, and has three points thus far but with 21 shots.
Braden Holtby will be between the pipes, as the Vezina finalist has played every minute in net so far these playoffs. Holtby has a .919 SV% and a 2.46 GAA.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh are 43-16 in their last 59 games vs the Metro
- The Penguins are 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games
- Under is 8-03 in Washington’s last 11 games
- This matchup features the top 4 scorers in the playoffs
- Washington is 7-1 in their last 8 vs the Metro
- Home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between the two teams
Free Game 2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals NHL Playoff Prediction:
Look for another close game between two teams who are very familiar with one another.
4* Free NHL Game 2 Betting Pick: Washington -140
It will come down to which superstars can out duel their counterparts, but the Caps should be hungry to even the series before taking off to Steel City.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 2 – Washington 3
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