Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2) vs Washington Capitals (2-0)

Game Info: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -111 / Washington Capitals -111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Washington Capitals look for a quick 3-0 start after beating the Sabres twice. The Washington Capitals are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Vrana leads Washington with two goals, T.J. Oshie has two assists and John Carlson has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up four goals on 26 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed one goal on 31 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a win here after losing twice to the Flyers. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Tanev leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Mark Jankowski has two assists and Sidney Crosby has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 5.5 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed nine goals on 31 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed one goal on 13 shots.

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The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-2 in their last 12 Sunday games. The Penguins are 145-69 in their last 214 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Penguins last 11 overall. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have won the last two meetings against the Penguins by a combined score of 10-5, and they've played the better hockey through the first two games of the season. However, the season is still young so tread lightly. Instead of picking a side here, I'm leaning toward the over. The over has hit four straight times between the Penguins and Caps, and they've averaged 7.5 goals during that span. The Penguins haven't looked good defensively. Give me the over.

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