Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Game 5 Pick - Odds and Predictions
Pittsburgh snapped a two-game skid in this best-of-seven series with a huge 3-1 victory on Thursday night as a -181 home favorite to even things up at two games apiece. The total stayed UNDER six goals, and it has stayed UNDER in three of the first four games. Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin accounted for all the scoring in Game 4, and Matt Murray had a big night in goal by turning away 20 of the 21 shots he faced. The Penguins have scored at least three goals in seven of their first ten playoff games.
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The Capitals were shut down on Thursday, but they have gotten some solid production from their big guns in the postseason. Alex Ovechkin was the team’s top point scorer in the regular season, and so far in the postseason, he has tallied eight goals and five assists in 10 games. Center Nicklas Backstrom has added a team-high ten assists and center Evgeny Kuznetsov has scored five goals. Braden Holtby continues to play well in goal with a .924 save percentage to go with a solid 2.07 goals-against average. He faced 23 shots in Thursday’s loss and allowed two goals.
Pittsburgh at Washington Betting Trends
- The Penguins are 8-4 against the spread in their last 12 games overall.
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 road games.
- The game total has gone under in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games against Washington.
- The Capitals are 6-2 straight up in their last 8 games.
- Zach Aston-Reese C Out indefinitely - Jaw
- Tom Wilson RW Elig Wed - Suspension
- Andre Burakovsky LW Out indefinitely
Pittsburgh at Washington NHL Prediction 05/06/2018
You can almost guarantee that this series is going the full seven games given the deep rivalry between the two teams. They each won their first road game in this matchup, but I am going with the home team on Saturday as the Capitals regain the series edge.
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