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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals 02/23/2020 NHL Preview, Game Analysis and Odds

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals 02-23-2020 NHL Preview Game Analysis and Odds

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals 02/23/2020 – The pressure of getting his 700th career goal has gone off Alex Ovechkin’s back after he reached the milestone on Saturday’s 3-2 loss to New Jersey. As his focus now shifts back to winning, the Capitals will expect their star captain to be more poised in leading them at a critical juncture of taking back the first place in the Metropolitan Division from the Pittsburgh Penguins whom they’ll face on Sunday at home. Both teams are practically tied up at the first and second places in the division with Pittsburgh having one less of a game lost to cling on No. 1. The Capitals will make the most out of their familiarity inside the Capital One Arena as the NHL Odds tag them as slight favorites at -135 to win over Sidney Crosby and the Penguins who will enter an unchartered territory with a +115 money line price to conquer.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals 02/23/2020

When: Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

TV: NBC

Stream: SofaScore

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals 02/23/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 (-200) 6.5 o (-110) +115
Washington Capitals -1.5 (+170) 6.5 u (-110) -135
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Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby has gone ice cold in his last two games, going scoreless as they suffered losses on both outings. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain had been wreaking havoc on every opposition since his comeback and actually poured in 11 of his 40-point total in the previous five games before the back-to-back setbacks. It was their first losing streak in February after they accounted for a superb 5-2 record heading to Tuesday’s game in Toronto which then resulted in a 0-4 stunner served by the Maple Leafs. 

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 32, G 12, A 28, PTS 40), Bryan Rust (GP 46, G 23, A 25, PTS 48), Evgeni Malkin (GP 46, G 20, A 40, PTS 60)

Washington Capitals

The Capitals have completely squandered the driver’s seat to the Penguins after a terrible 2-6-1 showing in all nine of their games this month including a rough seven-game stretch where they managed to secure just a single win. One positive takeaway amidst the tough series of defeats was Ovechkin finally regaining his groove after a rare slump that delayed him from joining the 700-goal club. He has now scored on two straight games, improving his goal totals to 42 as he seeks to translate his offensive momentum to wins for Washington. 

Players to watch: John Carlson (GP 61, G 15, A 56, PTS 71), Alex Ovechkin (GP 60, G 42, A 17, PTS 59), Jakub Vrana (GP 61, G 23, A 26, PTS 49).

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals Betting Predictions

Trends

Penguins

Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Penguins are 13-3 in their last 16 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 Sunday games.
Under is 6-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 5-1-1 in Penguins last 7 road games.

Capitals

Capitals are 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games.
Washington is 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 7-1-1 in Capitals last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 5-1 in Washington’s last 6 vs. Metropolitan.
Over is 14-3 in Capitals last 17 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.

Penguins vs Capitals Betting Picks

The Capitals will seize the upper hand in this crucial match to regain control of the Metropolitan. Although the rule may just be temporary, Alex Ovechkin and Capitals will treat this battle as if their backs are against the wall, knowing exactly what a win against their division rivals will earn them a boost that they will certainly make use of come the postseason.

Score Prediction: Penguins 2, Capitals 3.