Pittsburgh Penguins (10-3-2) at Washington Capitals (9-4-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -133 / Pittsburgh Penguins +108 --- Over/Under:
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The Washington Capitals look to shake off a road loss against the Blue Jackets yesterday as they welcome in the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
The Penguins look to take advantage of a Washington side that is playing in their second game of a back to back but know it will be a tough game for them as the Verizon Centre is a very tough building to win in, especially for a hated rival like the Pens. Pittsburgh is off to a strong start to the season as they are an impressive 10-3-2 in their first 15 games in this their Stanley Cup defense, and with a show down against Alex Ovechkin and company here they can earn arguably their biggest win of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the start as he will match up against Braden Holtby who was on the bench for the team’s loss to Columbus yesterday as Phillip Grubauer took his place.
The Capitals are off to a fast start of their own as they are 9-4-2 on the season and are right in the mix when it comes to the top teams in the league, and without many flaws in their lineup this is certainly a team capable of going on a serious Cup run. Washington has the offensive flare to compete with anyone in the league, a defensive unit that is very underrated and one of the best goalies in the NHL, but the same can be said for the defending champions as they have a very similar makeup and will be out to prove last season was no fluke and that they can still win the big games, especially on the road.
The Pens are 21-5 in their last 26 against the Metro and 4-1 in their last five playing on three day’s rest while the Caps are 6-2 in their last eight overall and 1-4 in their last five against the Metro. Pittsburgh is well rested and while the Caps were likely looking ahead to this one last night I think the Pens are the play in a very close game in DC.