Penguins at Capitals Game 5 - 5/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (55-27-9) at Washington Capitals (61-22-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -150 / Pittsburgh Penguins +136 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Saturday night for game 5 at the Verizon Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals by picking up this big road win. 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 five goals, Evgeni Malkin has six assists and Sidney Crosby has 20 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 13 goals on 233 shots. Murray has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals hope to get a victory here and force a game 6 on Tuesday night. 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 29 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 16 goals on 290 shots faced. Holtby has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 1-6 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games. The Capitals are also 1-5 in the last 6 meetings against the Penguins overall.
I've backed the Penguins for much of this series due to them owning the Capitals as of late, and it's certainly paid off in a big way. However, the Capitals are still a super talented team that's likely not going to go out like this. At home, I expect Washington to put up a fight and force a game six.