Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals - 2/25/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Thursday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with six goals, Bryan Rust has nine assists and Jake Guentzel has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 36 goals on 337 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 17 goals on 148 shots.

The Washington Capitals need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with eight goals, John Carlson has 10 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 43 goals on 465 shots.

The Penguins are 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Washington. The over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are not only playing the better hockey right now, but they've had the upper-hand over the Capitals, which includes wins in four of the last five meetings and an overtime win on Tuesday. The Washington Capitals continue to struggle defensively and losses in six of their last nine likely doesn't have the confidence in a good spot at the moment. I'll gladly take the Penguins and the plus money here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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