Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-1) vs Washington Capitals (6-4-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -120 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Washington Capitals look for a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 35.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with seven goals, John Carlson has eight assists and Alex Ovechkin has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 35 goals on 355 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Bryan Rust has eight assists and Jake Guentzel has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 70.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 28 goals on 206 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 17 goals on 148 shots.

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The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 150-69 in their last 219 home games. The over is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The Capitals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Washington Capitals are in full struggle mode right now due to a defense that can't keep the puck out of the net, and we're seeing the losses pile up. The Pittsburgh Penguins have not only beaten the Caps three times this season already, but they've now won seven of the last 10 meetings against their rival. The Capitals should break out of this funk eventually, but I'm not betting its in this spot. The Penguins and the cheap price at home should be the play. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -120

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