Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 12/14/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (20-6-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-10-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +105 / Washington Capitals -116 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, ROOT
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Washington Capitals look to stay red hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 14 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 19 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 41 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 44 goals on 631 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 14 goals on 135 shots. Holtby has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 13 goals, Sidney Crosby has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 53 goals on 730 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 10 goals on 157 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 39-17 in their last 56 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-23 in their last 29 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-10 in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Capitals are on fire right now and have shown very few signs of slowing down as of late. The Penguins continue to play inconsistent and deserve to be the underdog in this spot even at home. I have to side with Washington.