Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Penguins Odds
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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
Prob. Goalies: Murray (PIT) | Holtby (WAS)
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Holtby and the caps staved off elimination over the weekend at home and now head back to Pittsburgh in the hopes of forcing a game 7 back at the safe confines of the verizon Center.
The win came in desperation mode, with the issue still of Alexander Ovechkin and his line carrying the full burden of offensive duties.
It’s the playoffs and your goalie is essentially what makes or breaks a game or series. Holtby came through big on Saturday keeping his team alive, and will have to again be in top form if they want to see their season continue.
For a team that was an offensive dynamo during the 82 game season, Washington has struggled mightily these Playoffs to produce offence. The power play has been non existent, but at least the PK has been among the best this post season.
It’s still hard to imagine the caps pulling themselves out of this hole without secondary scoring help from anyone other than the main line.
Defense has played better over the past 2 games and this is a team talented enough to win this series with some help.
Live by the sword, die by the sword. The Penguins changed up their play a bit over the weekend and it didn’t work out for them.
They attempted a very defensively minded game and their goalie, who has been the best these Playoffs, had an off night getting his first post season save percentage of less then .900.
The question has to play out do they return to fluery, who hasn’t minded the crease in weeks or stick with Murphy and allow him to rebound.
Tough call either way which again stressed that this game will be won by Pittsburgh if their offence leads the charge and dictates their style of play.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- PIT are 11-2 in their last 13 road games.
- PIT are 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Metropolitan.
- PIT are 11-4 in their last 15 Sat. games.
- WAS are 37-15 in their last 52 home games.
- Over is 3-1-4 in the last 8 meetings.
- PIT are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Washington.
Free Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
So I was wrong to call Washington done and dead last game, but again, too many stats are posting to the fact that they have essentially burned themselves.
Holtby and the defence kept the mighty Penguins to a near clean sheet over the weekend but repeating the feat 2 games in a row could prove difficult, especially in Pittsburgh.
I’ve said it all series and I’ll keep repeating it, the Penguins are a superior team here. Much more depth and a better, more consistent defensively core will lead the way.
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Pittsburgh has dominated all comers at CONSOL in 2016 and the atmosphere will be insane for the home squad. They are one of the smarter hockey teams and will surely learn from the errors that cost them the series last game out.
This series was a bit of a letdown in terms of offensive output, as I had pegged most of these to hit 5 and over easily, but again the lack of an active role by the Washington supporting cast has made this one a sleeper for goals.
It’s still been a great series to watch and it’s a shame the two top teams in the eastern, in my opinion, had to meet at this juncture of the playoffs.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4-1
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