Washington Capitals (30-15-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (28-21-3)
|Date & Time||Friday February 2, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -145 / Washington Capitals +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to PPG PAINTS Arena where the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals.
The Washington Capitals were not looking good heading in to the All Star break with three straight defeats before upending Florida. Washington has now won back to back contests after skating by the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday. The Flyers received goals from Patrick Nolan and Travis Konecny in the first for a short lived 2-0 lead with Jakub Voracek scoring in the third.
The Capitals saw Chandler Stephenson score twice with Andre Burakovsky, TJ Oshie and Devante Smith each lighting the lamp. John Carlson added a pair of assists for Washington and Braden Holtby picked up the win with 27 saves. Michal Neuvirth was tagged with the loss for the Flyers with all five goals allowed on 20 shots before Alex Lyon stopped five shots in relief.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were woefully inconsistent for much of the first half of 2017-18 but have appeared to flipped the switch. Pittsburgh has ripped off wins in eight of ten after downing the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday. Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored second period power play goals in the second for the Sharks for a 2-1 lead but the defense couldn’t hold on.
Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins offensive burst with a hat trick while Bryan Rust found the back of the net two times. Rust completed a three point night with a third period assist to make the 40 saves of Matt Murray a winner while Martin Jones took the loss with 26 stops.
Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 road games and over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 Friday games and Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 overall. Capitals are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh and under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Both teams are heading to the postseason so that’s not a concern but this could be a playoff preview and I’ll back the hot squad…