Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (41-21-10) vs Washington Capitals (38-22-10)

Game Info: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 3:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -133 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals in Saturday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 38-22-10. Through 70 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 230 times, good for a rank of 12th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.9 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 41-21-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 72 games, the Penguins have scored 237 goals, giving them an average of 3.25. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.65 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 8th in the NHL.

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Through 68 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 81 points. He has reached his mark of 43 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.3%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 46 assists to go along with his 22 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game.

Through 72 games, Pittsburgh's leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 33 goals and 37 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 70. On the season, he is turning 14.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 72 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 56 games played, he has turned in 34 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Washington's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-29-1. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-15. On the season 63.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Coming into this game, the Penguins have an over-under record of 35-36-1. However, when playing at home, the over has fared better, going 20-15. On the season, 56.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Look for this game to be a high-scoring affair surpassing the over-under betting line of 6 goals.

 

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