NHL Hockey Betting Odds Picking Caps Over Penguins

Posted by: Mike Davis
Penguins vs Capitals Odds and Betting Preview

Before the NHL hockey betting season began, the Pittsburgh Penguins had the 2nd to best hockey betting odds to win this year’s Stanley Cup. Now that we’re more than three months into the NHL season, the Penguins, ironically enough, are second in the NHL in points, second only to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There are still plenty of games before the Penguins can compete for the Cup once more and Pittsburgh’s journey continues Wednesday night when the Penguins face the Capitals.

On Wednesday, January 11th the Penguins will be making the voyage to Washington to face off against the one the team the NHL hockey betting odds favored over Pittsburgh to win the Stanley Cup. However, despite playing one more game than Pittsburgh, Washington is currently tied with the Penguins with 57 points. Will the deadlock force the bookies to reconsider, or will the sportsbooks keep true to their convictions.


Pittsburgh Penguins +1 ½ (-275)    5 ½ (+105)    +105
Washington Capitals -1 ½ (+235)    5 ½ (-125)    -125

It seems that once again the bookies have decided that the Capitals are in fact a better choice for your bet on NHL games. It may be hard to determine prematurely whether or not the hockey betting odds are accurate, but how can you side against a team currently on a 6-game win streak? The Capitals haven’t lost a game so far in 2017 and they’ve been steamrolling their competition as of late. However, the Penguins haven’t lost since 2016 either and are currently on a winning streak of their own. Albeit, Pittsburgh’s streak is only 5 games long. One thing is for certain, one of those streaks will be snapped Wednesday night. Additionally, this contest will be looking to settle a 3-way tie that involves the Penguins, Capitals, as well as the New York Rangers.

No doubt this marquee matchup will add another bitter chapter to the storied hostility that is the Alex Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby rivalry, as well as the history these two clubs share. Pittsburgh has had a near flawless start to the season and it is surprising to see the hockey betting odds come out against them. Then again, the Capitals are 15-5-1 at home and this game is scheduled to take place at the Verizon Center. Furthermore, Ovechkin earned his 999th career NHL point in the Capital’s most recent contest against the Montreal Canadiens and will be looking to hit his millennial mark against his fabled rival.

Washington will be coming into this contest with a +31 goal differential – the NHL’s 4th best ratio in that department. The Capitals are led defensively by reigning Vezina Trophy winner John Carlson who has been doing a phenomenal job this season. The Capitals are projected to peg Marc-Andre Fleury against Braden Holtby in an effort to prove the NHL hockey betting odds correct.

Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last 4 contests and is 8-2 in their last 10 contests.