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Penguins vs. Capitals - 2/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (30-17-10) at Pittsburgh Penguins (32-15-9)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -150 / Washington Capitals +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, ROOT, RSNE

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Washington Capitals have won five of their last seven games and end a four-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have three power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 36 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 43 assists and Troy Brouwer has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 103 goals on 1,343 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 34 goals on 271 shots.

Penguins vs. Capitals - 2/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to keep things rolling with wins in five in their last eight games. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have zero power play goals in their last seven games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 21 goals, Sidney Crosby has 39 assists and Chris Kunitz has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 95 goals on 1,242 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 37 goals on 394 shots.

The Capitals are 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Penguins are 91-42 in their last 133 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.

The Penguins have owned the Capitals for quite some time, and I don't expect that to change on their home ice. The Penguins remain one of the toughest teams to beat on their home ice and should get another victory here. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins -150

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