Capitals at Penguins Game 3 - 5/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (61-21-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (52-27-9)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet for a critical game three Monday night at the Consol Energy Center.
The Washington Capitals hope regain home ice advantage by stealing a road game here. 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 36 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 10 goals on 234 shots faced. Holtby has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins can take control of this series by winning here and going up 2-1. 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 six assists and Phil Kessel has 30 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 nine goals on 148 shots. Murray has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 38-15 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 21-5 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-7 in their last 27 home games. The Capitals are 6-13 in the last 19 meetings.
The Penguins could easily be up 2-0 in this series and now return home where they've lost just seven of their last 27 games. While the Capitals may be the more consistent and better team overall, you have to give the advantage to the Penguins on their home ice. I like Pitt to take a 2-1 series lead Monday night.