Following their 2018 Stanley Cup championship the Capitals were sluggish for 2018-19. This year Washington has returned to high gear with a strong first half of the season. A full 200-foot complete team has returned to the nation’s capital. Also flashing a complete game are the Penguins. Pittsburgh is again one of the top values for NHL odds with a hot hand before the All-Star break. Yet again the Pens and Caps are among the top threats in the Eastern Conference. Sunday’s NBC feature presentation gives us Pittsburgh and Washington in a possible playoff preview.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
|Date and Time:||Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Capital One Arena, Washington, DC|
|Penguins vs. Capitals TV Coverage:||NBC|
|Pens vs. Caps NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Overview
Washington has an offshore betting record of 34-11-3-2 with 31-18-1 over the total. Overall the Capitals rank fifth for goal scoring, 13th for the power play, 10th for goals against and second for the penalty kill. The Caps have won seven of their last nine.
By contrast, the Penguins are 31-14-5 with 24-26 under the total. NHL metrics have the Pens seventh for goals, 17th for the power play, eighth for goals against, and 12th for the penalty kill. Late on Pittsburgh has won six of their last eight games.
Key Penguins: C Evgeni Malkin (15 G, 35 A, 50 PTS, +11, 4 PPG, 12 PPA, 11.9 SPCT), D Kris Letang (10 G, 21 A, 31 PTS, +8, 6 PPG, 4 PPA, 15.7 SPCT), G Matt Murray (15-6-4, 2.84 GAA, .900 SVPCT, 1 SO)
Key Capitals: G Braden Holtby (19-9-4, 3.05 GAA, .899 SVPCT, 0 SO), D John Carlson (13 G, 47 A, 60 PTS, +18, 2 PPG, 17 PPA), LW Alex Ovechkin (34 G, 16 A, 50 PTS, -9, 11 PPG, 4 PPA, 15.2 SPCT)
Penguins and Capitals Against the Spread
The Penguins are:
- 9-3 against the line in their last 12 road games
- 5-6 under the total away from home
- 5-8 on the board in their last 13 games as a dog
- 6-3 over the total as a pup
- 6-5 in their last 11 games at Washington
- 1-7 under the total head to head on the road vs. the Caps
The Capitals are:
- 7-2 with the odds in their last nine home games
- 4-2 over the total at Capital One Arena
- 15-5 in their last 20 games as a chalk
- 5-3 over the total in their last eight games as a chalk
- 3-4 in their last seven matchups with the Penguins
- 4-6 under the total in their head to head series with the Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals NHL Betting Pick
On this occasion, we are treated to one of the best matchups with the NHL odds so far this season. Each team is in top form and can’t afford to pass up any available points. First place in the Metropolitan Division is going to be more valuable than ever come playoff time. Consider Pittsburgh’s good value on the road, as a dog, and against the Capitals. With all else basically even the Pens offer the superior wagering value.
Penguins vs. Capitals NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins vs. Capitals NHL Betting Score Prediction: Penguins 3, Capitals 2