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Penguins vs. Capitals - 12/27/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (17-11-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (22-7-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -160 / Washington Capitals +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT, NBCSN

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins play Saturday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Washington Capitals have won four of their last six games and are playing their 10th road game of the month. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have three power play goals in their last three games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 16 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 25 assists and Troy Brouwer has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 64 goals on 775 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

Penguins vs. Capitals - 12/27/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have split their last 10 games and play their first home contest in a week. The Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have two power play goals in their last eight games and have won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 16 goals, Sidney Crosby has 27 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 56 goals on 789 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.

The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 86-36 in their last 122 home games and 19-9 in their last 28 overall. The Capitals are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 0-8 in the last 8 meetings overall.

It's been a while since the Capitals have beaten the Penguins, and I don't expect that to change with the game taking place in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are the play as long as you don't mind paying the chalk. 

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