The Pittsburgh Penguins are going into tonight with a 2-0 series lead on their minds. They’re already in the heads of the Capitals, I can tell you that much. The Pens have already made the Capitals their punching bag in the playoffs before, dating back to as early as the last Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Capitals won the President’s Trophy then, and it didn’t end up meaning much in the end, though. Pittsburgh beat them in the playoffs and went on to win the Stanley Cup, while Alexander Ovechkin had to watch Sidney Crosby skate around with the Cup in his hands.
Nothing changed in Game 1 this year, with the Penguins taking Game 1 and stealing home ice advantage. The Capitals got in a 2-0 hole early, but fought back to tie it up at 2 apiece. It didn’t end up mattering, as Bonino came up with the winner to make it 3-2 in the 3rd period.
In fact, he had 2 goals on the night to lead the Penguins. There is usually an unsung hero who shows up big in the playoffs, no matter the sport. Phil Kessel put the ice on fire last playoffs, and perhaps Bonino can play a big role in here. He already has a big showing in Game 1 on his resume, while Ovechkin and the Capitals were sent in retreat mode. It’s a brand new game tonight, though. Get our free Penguins vs. Capitals Game 2 pick here.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Game 2 Pick
Braden Holtby played a tough game against the Maple Leafs in Game 6 to close out the series. However, it wasn’t like he was without his critics for the majority of the series. For the level Holtby is accustomed to playing at, I guess you could say he was off a little. But there was no reason to openly criticize the guy. There might be reason to if gets lit up for 4 or 5 goals the rest of this series every game. However, there comes a time when the 3rd best offence in the NHL gets it together.
The Capitals ranked 3rd in the NHL in scoring per game, with 3.18 goals. Thus far in the playoffs, they’ve averaged 2.86 goals per game. Conversely, Pittsburgh finished 1st in the NHL in scoring, notching an average of 3.39 goals per game. The offense onslaught has continued in the postseason, as they are 1st out of all playoff teams with 4 goals scored per game.
It was easy to note that the 1st period in this series looked more like a feeling out process. There were no goals scored, before we got 3 in the 2nd period. I can see the goal scoring starting a little earlier in this one. We should expect to see two of the top offences in the NHL on display Saturday. Take the OVER, as we look for a winning NHL betting pick in the playoffs.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)