Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (40-20-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-21-6)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -130 / Washington Capitals +118 --- Over/Under: 6.5

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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Washington Capitals need a win after splitting their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 45 goals, John Carlson has 58 assists and T.J. Oshie has 125 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 54 goals on 650 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 133 goals on 1,302 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 16 of their last 19 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 27 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 46 assists and Kris Letang has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 98 goals on 975 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 72 goals on 949 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 17 of their last 23 games.

The Capitals are 9-3 in their last 12 games as an underdog, 9-3 in their last 12 games as a road underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Penguins are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 22-10 in their last 32 games as a favorite and 144-66 in their last 210 home games. The over is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The Capitals are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Pittsburgh.

Both of these teams have kind of cooled off the last couple of weeks, so this game does lose some of that steam, but this is a rivalry where I usually side with the plus money and hope for the best. We're talking about two of the more talented teams in the east and teams that know each other so well. The Pittsburgh Penguins have had the upper hand in this rivalry recently, but the Caps did dominate when these teams met a little over a week ago. Like I did with the Lighting against the Bruins, I'll side with the plus money, as you can never go wrong with a cup contender in the underdog role. 

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals +118

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