Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (32-14-5) at Washington Capitals (35-12-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 12:30 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -137 / Pittsburgh Penguins +124 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 37 assists and Kris Letang has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 75 goals on 750 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 55 goals on 763 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Washington Capitals look for a statement win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 37 goals, John Carlson has 49 assists and T.J. Oshie has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 40 goals on 536 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 104 goals on 1,002 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Penguins are 9-2 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 9-3 in their last 12 road games. The Capitals are 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 4-0-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Washington.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three of the last four meetings against the Capitals and are always worth a strong look whenever you can find them in the underdog role. The problem is the Washington Capitals should have the advantage on their home ice and are tough to bet against when they enter one of these hot streaks, as past seasons have shown us they can stay in it for months at a time. Early start time, give me the Capitals on their home ice.