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Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/07/2020 Picks, NHL Predictions and Betting Spread

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Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03-07-2020 Picks NHL Predictions and Betting Spread

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/07/2020 – The Washington Capitals have incurred back-to-back losses that forced them to surrender the sole possession of the top seat in the Metropolitan Division. They will try to reestablish a distance from the Philadelphia Flyers in the division race when they square off against another Pennsylvania-based squad Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Penguins, who had been swapping places with the Capitals and the Flyers, are currently three points behind the pair with the chance to reposition themselves smack in the middle of the dogfight above the Metropolitan ladder. Based on Saturday’s NHL Odds, the Penguins could do just that as they are the favorites at home offered at -130 to win. The Capitals will come in as -130 visiting underdogs on the flipside. 

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/07/2020

When: Saturday, March 07, 1:00 PM ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: NHL Network

Stream: SofaScore

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03/07/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Washington Capitals +1.5 (-220) 6.5 o (-120) +110
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+180) 6.5 u  (+100) -130
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Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals latest setback was an utter heartbreaker as New York Rangers, through the heroics of Mika Zibanejad, came through the clutch to prevail at home, 6-5, Thursday. The Capitals have been unconventionally woeful defensively over the last 10 games where they allowed the opposition to score at least three points. Star captain Alex Ovechkin will put his mental fortitude to the test facing rival and fellow great Sidney Crosby who has since kept the Penguins afloat since returning from an injury layoff. Pittsburgh has held Ovechkin scoreless in their last two meetings – a bizarre stretch that could simply ignite the fire from the three-time Hart Trophy recipient.

Players to watch: John Carlson (GP 67, G 15, A 60, PTS 75), Alex Ovechkin (GP 66, G 47, A 18, PTS 65), Jakub Vrana (GP 67, G 25, A 26, PTS 51).

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are bracing for a resurgent Washington team, being well aware of their rivals’ bounce back capabilities which the Capitals have been proven in the past years. Bryan Rust said, “I can’t imagine (the Capitals are) too happy with how the last couple of games have gone. “So, they’re going to come out hard. Obviously, every game against them is a fun, hard, playoff-type game. I expect it to be that way.” The Penguins are riding on two straight victories during which they sizzled for 11 goals while regaining their stance from a season-high six consecutive losses.

Players to watch: Evgeni Malkin (GP 52, G 21, A 48, PTS 69), Sidney Crosby (GP 38, G 15, A 30, PTS 45), Bryan Rust (GP 52, G 27, A 27, PTS 54)

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

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Capitals

Capitals are 7-2 in their last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Washington is 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games.
Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 8-1 in Capitals last 9 vs. Metropolitan.
Over is 5-1 in Washington’s last 6 overall.
Under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

Penguins

Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Pittsburgh is 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest.
Penguins are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 games as a home favorite
Over is 3-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
Under is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Capitals vs Penguins Betting Picks

The Penguins will heap more misery to the Capitals who will fall flat inside the PPG Paints Arena for their third straight defeat. While it will be a cause of concern for Washington, a three-game winning run, on the other hand, will give Pittsburgh the lift they need to seize the home stretch of the regular season on a high.

Score Prediction: Capitals 3, Penguins 4.