Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-1) at Washington Capitals (9-5-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -133 / Pittsburgh Penguins +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 13 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with six goals, Bryan Rust has nine assists and Jake Guentzel has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 73.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 34 goals on 315 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 17 goals on 148 shots.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with eight goals, John Carlson has nine assists and Alex Ovechkin has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 40 goals on 428 shots.
The Penguins are 2-8 in their last 10 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 5-14 in their last 19 games following a win. The over is 37-14 in Capitals last 51 home games. The over is 17-8-1 in Capitals last 26 games as a favorite. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Washington. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Both of these teams have run hot and cold this season, but it's the Penguins who have had the advantage in past meetings, winning three of the four games this year and six of the last nine meetings overall. The Penguins usually get whatever they want offensively against the Capitals, and they've scored no less than three goals in six of the last eight meetings. I'll side with history in this spot and take the plus money with the Penguins.