Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (37-17-6) at Washington Capitals (37-18-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +122 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 84 goals on 876 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 58 goals on 833 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 17 games.
The Washington Capitals need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 55 assists and T.J. Oshie has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 120 goals on 1,162 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Penguins are 11-5 in their last 16 road games, 35-16 in their last 51 Sunday games and 23-10 in their last 33 overall. The Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Penguins last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Washington.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing better hockey right now than the Capitals, and they've won five of the last eight meetings overall. The Washington Capitals haven't beaten the Penguins since November of 2018, and that includes a 4-3 loss at home earlier this month. The Pittsburgh Penguins have done some of their best recent work on the road and in the underdog role, while the Caps are in a clear funk with a defense that's been getting torched. Give me the plus money.