In what has become the most anticipated meeting in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet again tonight. I am getting a little tired of the Crosby vs. Ovechkin angle, but Crosby and Ovechkin are who will bring additional viewers to the NHL. They are the leagues two marketing darlings. I have made some good coin on this series regardless of what you think of it. And to me that is really all that matters. The games between the Pens and Caps really have a bigger meaning in the grand scheme of things. Usually it was only the Penguins, at least in recent years, that were seen as a threat to win it all. However, this year the Capitals are making the Penguins work. And in fact, the Capitals have thoroughly dominated the Penguins this season. The Pens have scored only 1 goal on them in their last three meetings. It isn’t a typo, the Capitals really have beaten the Penguins up that much.
Are the Penguins going to get it together against the Capitals tonight? Well, that is the question I am trying to answer, and the question I am trying to answer every night between teams. This game is of particular interest though, because it is quite astonishing that a team like the Penguins has managed to score just a single goal in three games against an opponent. If you haven’t been following the NHL closely this season I am sure that raises your eyebrow as well. There aren’t many games on the card Wednsday nights, but there is always a marquee matchup. The Penguins and Capitals happen to be that game this even. Let’s try and pick out a winner which has been a profitable month for me in the NHL.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals
Although the Penguins have a solid record of 34-17-4 entering tonight, it almost feels like the Pens haven’t been having all that great of a season. I guess we can say they haven’t been as dominating as we have seen them be in previous years. Furthermore, you can make the case they haven’t been too consistent. They will win five games in a row, but they have fallen victim to three game losing streaks and what have you. Just a week ago the Penguins had a three game losing streak going for themselves, but then in their last two they looked like a different squad on the ice. They beat an excellent Blues team 4-2 and then followed it up by beating the Panthers, 5-1. That are the results we expect to see from the Penguins, however, they have been sporadic. We’ll see if they catch momentum from those two wins heading into Washington tonight.
The Penguins offense has been suffocating the last ten games, allowing only 1.90 goals per game. The offense was going through a rough stretch, but have been starting to pick it up, as their 4 and 5 goal outings indicate in their last two games. Additionally, they are scoring 2.60 goals in their last ten games. The Capitals have been playing better than ever. They did lose to the Flyers in their last matchup on the 22nd, but that snapped a four game losing streak for the Capitals. They come into tonight with a record of 33-18-6-4, so they are nearly deadlocked with the Penguins. Another important game between these two teams, which will probably decide playoff seeding in a couple months. Can the Penguins lose four straight to the Capitals? Yes. Am I going to bet it? No. I think that win over the Blues did wonders for the Penguins. It gave them some much needed confidence after a three game skid and confidence to go into Washington tonight and end another streak. The Pens have scored only 1 goal their last three trys against the Caps, as I alluded to. However, catching plus money on the Pens looks good to me in this spot. They have to break out against the Caps eventually, right?
Pick – PENGUINS TO WIN (+105) 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)