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Penguins at Capitals Game 2 - 4/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (52-27-9) at Washington Capitals (61-20-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals play game two of their series Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to steal a road game here before heading back to the Consol Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Evgeni Malkin has five assists and Phil Kessel has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Jeff Zatkoff has allowed six goals on 65 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up eight goal on 124 shots. Murray has given up seven goals in his last three games.

Penguins at Capitals Game 2 - 4/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals hope to protect home ice and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. T.J. Oshie leads Washington with four goals, Nicklas Backstrom has five assists and Alex Ovechkin has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed eight goals on 199 shots faced. Holtby has given up four goals in his last three games.

The Penguins are 10-2 in their last 12 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games. The Capitals are 38-14 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.

The Penguins have proven they're more than capable of hanging with the Capitals and can make this a long series. And while Pittsburgh doesn't want to go down 0-2, I simply can't pick against the Capitals on their home ice. Washington is the best team in hockey and doesn't lose often on its home ice.

I'm backing the Caps. 

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