Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Capitals Odds
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61-22-6-2 Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Capitals 54-27-5-4
Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins +100
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
Prob. Goalies: Holtby (WAS) | Murray (PIT)
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Washington finds themselves in a bad spot down 2-1 heading into game 4 at CONSOL and morale can’t be very high. Despite out playing the Pens in game 3, Pittsburgh still managed to make better use of their opportunities to win the game.
Game 4 is a pivotal matchup and the rate of play could go either way but will be dictated by the first 20 minutes.
We’re either in for a wild ride, or an incredibly boring one, no in between.
On a team filled with all Star calibre and playoff experience, it’s a player with neither stealing the show in this series.
Matt Murray has been absolutely ridiculous in replacement of the injured Fluery, having gone an impeccable 5-1 in the playoffs with a save percentage north of .925 and a GAA of about 2.00.
Pair that with one of the best defences in the league and an offence that can strike with any line and what we have is a freight train.
The loss of Letang in game 4 due to suspension will sting a little on the blue line, but this team has proved time and again that their strength is not set on any individual player or line, but as a unit.
Even though top names have been kept of the score sheet, they have contributed with play making, leaving room for players such as Hornqvist, Cullen and pretty much anyone else plenty of room to manoeuvre.
Make no mistakes, this is essentially the make or break game for the Caps in this series.
There is absolutely no secondary scoring, and even the Ovechkin scoring machine top line has been kept in check, much to their frustration.
To compound the problem Vezina nominee Holtby has looked mere average in the series and wasnt even that in game 3 allowing 3 goals on 22 shots.
The bare truth is that no matter how you cut it, the playoff Capitals are a shadow of what the regular season Capitals accomplished.
They scoring dried up long before the Pittsburgh series and the line of Kuznetzov has been virtually invisible.
I said at the onslaught of the series I expected that second line would come to life, but even now I’m having doubts.
Without some help the Capitals don’t stand a chance the rest of the way, and theirs only so many minutes Ovi can chew up.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- WAS are 60-29 in their last 89 overall.
- Over is 18-5-5 in PIT last 28 home games.
- PIT are 20-6 in their last 26 home games.
- PIT are 22-7 in their last 29 vs. Metropolitan.
- WAS are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Prediction
Most people gave this series to Washington in 6, and on purr paper that may have been logical.
But look at the stats a bit harder as we did before game 1. Although the caps were the toast of the town and by far the best team overall this season, the Pens were much better than them since the all Star break.
The Pens had a better PP, PK, GPG and win loss record away and at home.
Key to game 4 is how will Washington react to the outcome of game 3 and can Holtby hold the Fort enough for his team to build some momentum.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
I’ve watched games 1-3 twice now and what I saw was bad if you’re a Washington fan.
They were outplayed in games 1-2 and were lucky to come away with a win in a wild game 1.
The sheer frustration of playing such a solid game 3, and still coming out with a loss must be incredibly demoralizing and players in a funk will now be even more desperate to make an impact.
Problem is when you force a situation, it sometimes backfires. Expect a more spirited game from Pittsburgh as they see blood and move in for the kill.
I see a game playing out much the same but with the Pens being even more relentless on the offensive move.
Remember that game 3 was a 3-0 game until less than 11 minutes to play and should have ended 3-1.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5-2
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