Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (40-20-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-21-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -130 / Washington Capitals +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: ATT-Pitt, NBCS-Washington, NHL
The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers in their last outing. Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with a pair of goals in the losing effort to push his total to 47 this year while Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal in a Washington uniform while also putting in a pair of assists. Richard Panik and John Carlson each contributed a pair of assists as well for Washington in the losing effort. Ilya Samsonov ended up taking the loss between the pipes, knocking his record back to 16-6-2 on the year after giving up all 6 goals on 39 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this game looking to build on back-to-back victories after picking up a key 4-2 road win over Buffalo in their last outing. Patric Hornqvist led the charge for the Pens with a pair of goals to bring his total to 17 this season, while Evgeni Malkin had a pair of assists and Sidney Crosby and Marcus Petterson made up the other pair of goals for Pittsburgh in the defeat. Matt Murray picked up the win in goal for Pittsburgh, stopping 28 of the 30 shots faced en route to the win to improve his record to 19-10-5 this season.
Washington is 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 division games. Pittsburgh is 12-5 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. Washington is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.
The plus money with Washington is tempting given what the Caps have done on the road all season long, but the fact is that Washington is slumping right now, losing 5 of their last 6 away from home lately, and Washington has just been faltering for the most part as of late. I think that home ice is the edge here as Pittsburgh gets the win and a key two points in this one.