Capitals at Penguins Game 4 - 5/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (61-22-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (54-27-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -122 / Washington Capitals +111 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Wednesday night for game four at the Consol Energy Center.
The Washington Capitals need a victory here in order to prevent getting put in a huge 1-3 hole. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, Nicklas Backstrom has six assists and T.J. Oshie has 25 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 13 goals on 257 shots faced. Holtby has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins can take full control of this series with another victory to go up 3-1. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Patric Hornqvist leads Pittsburgh with four goals, Evgeni Malkin has six assists and Sidney Crosby has 18 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 11 goals on 197 shots. Murray has given up seven goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 38-16 in their last 54 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 22-5 in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-6 in their last 26 home games. The Capitals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Penguins have proven they may have the Capitals number, as they usually get the better of Washington every time they play. The Capitals have been outplayed pretty much this entire series and now have to beat Pittsburgh in a place where its lost just six of its last 26 contests.
I'm siding with the Penguins to win yet again.