Caps-Penguins Series Exemplifies Online NHL BettingPosted by: Charlie Smith
This year’s peculiar regular season results has given way to some of the most intense online NHL betting action that we’ve seen in the early rounds of the playoffs. There’s plenty to look back on, but as we get set to focus on Monday’s action, those who bet on NHL playoff games will fix their eyes on the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Pittsburgh set out to accomplish what many perceive to be impossible by winning back-to-back titles. They had little difficulty advancing past the First Round but the Washington Capitals are posing a larger problem in the Second Round.
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The Penguins started the series against Washington strongly by winning the first two matchups. Since then, the Capitals have picked up two victories and another loss. Washington led the league in points this season, and this series between these two NHL powerhouses is exactly what playoff hockey is all about. It might be tough to predict a winner of Monday night’s matchup, but there’s no question that it will be an intense online NHL betting clash.
Game 6 – Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Monday, May 8th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Series: Pittsburgh Leads 3-2
Hockey Playoff Odds:
Washington Capitals +1 ½ (-310) 5 ½ (EV) -105
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+255) 5 ½ (-120) -115
The Washington Capitals had no problem matching last year’s regular season success and finished at the top of the Metropolitan Division, as well as the Eastern Conference, once again. All thanks to Washington’s 55-19-8 record that assured the franchise would reign supreme in points this season. With this season resembling last year’s in so many ways, Washington is more than anxious with how the current series against Pittsburgh is shaping up. Last year, it was the Penguins who sent the Caps packing, in the second round of the playoffs too. These are the types of situations that force fans to hate a certain franchise, as if there wasn’t already enough beef between the two. Nevertheless, Washington knows all too well that this could be there last game of the season and they’ll do their best to keep from being eliminated by Pittsburgh once again.
The Penguins finished the regular season with a 50-21-11 record that gave way to a 2nd place finish in the Metropolitan Division as well as the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh only suffered one loss in the first round of the playoffs, but the Penguins knew that Washington would pose a larger problem. So far, both teams have scored 13 goals in the series, which is an indicator of just how close things truly are. Washington came out on top in Game 5 and Pittsburgh will do their best to ensure that the Caps don’t pick up any speed.