Capitals vs. Penguins - 4/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (47-25-8) at Washington Capitals (55-17-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNB
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Thursday night at the Verizon Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 35 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 269 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 132 goals on 1,665 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals look for consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, T.J. Oshie has 24 assists and Justin Williams has 195 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 136 goals on 1,747 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 41 goals on 502 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 7-0 in their last 7 road games and 17-4 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest. The Capitals are 38-14 in their last 52 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 11-5 in the last 16 meetings overall.
Not only are the Penguins the hottest team in the league right now, but they've also beaten the Capitals in 11 of the last 16 meetings. Hard not to back Pittsburgh on the road here.