Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (27-12-8) at Washington Capitals (24-14-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Penguins look to keep rolling after an impressive home win over the Jets on Tuesday as they head into Washington to take on the Capitals.
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The Penguins managed to skate away victorious without Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury last night and doing it against a tough Western Conference team like the Jets makes it more impressive and now they'll look to take down the Capitals in Washington who are coming off a loss to the Blue Jackets last night. Pittsburgh is among the league's best again this season and they have done it once again on the shoulders of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin but they seem to be a more complete team this year with more role players stepping up and guys contributing across the board and with David Perron already joining the fold the Pens traded for Max Lapierre to bring in a bit of grit and aggravation to the lineup and shore up the offense on their fourth line. Fleury will be back between the pipes tonight as he will likely go up against Braden Holtby who took the loss last night but is always the best option in goal for a Caps team that lacks a sure fire back up alternative.
The Capitals were in a perfect position to skate away with a win last night as they had their way with the Jackets the last time the teams met and were facing off Curtis McIllhenny who has taken over for the injured Sergei Bobrovsky for the next two months. However, the Jackets had other ideas and were victorious holding on for a 4-3 win and leaving Holtby with a game to forget but with the Pens on tape tonight back at home perhaps it was a tough look ahead spot for the Caps and hopefully they'll be ready for this one. The Pens-Caps rivalry has cooled off of late as has the Crosby-Ovechkin angle thanks in large part to the re-emergence of the Penguins-Flyers feud but it is always exciting to watch the two go toe to toe and tonight should be no different. The line is yet to come out as we await starting goaltenders and who will and will not be in the lineup for both sides but either way I think the Penguins are the play as they're a deeper team coming off a win and get their starting goalie back.