Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Sportsbook Betting Preview
Posted by: Mike Davis
Sportsbook betting players will be treated to a show in this evening’s Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup. This is a matchup as old as the league itself and is unequivocally a fan favorite when it comes to betting on the NHL. Furthermore, with both clubs competing for a top spot in the Metropolitan, there’s no question this rendition will be a riveting contest. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout the teaser sports betting lines are predicting for this evening’s matchup.
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Friday, February 2nd
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
Hockey betting Odds:
Washington Capitals +1 ½ (-230) 5 ½ (-115) +130
Pittsburgh Penguins -1 ½ (+190) 5 ½ (-105) -150
The Caps enter this evening’s Metropolitan matchup with a 30-15-5 record that pegs them as the best team in the division. At the present moment, Washington is sitting on 65 points on the season. That 65 point tally gives the Capitals a 5 point lead over the 2nd seeded New Jersey Devils and a 6 point lead over this evening’s opponent. Notwithstanding the current rankings in the division, it looks like the evening’s hockey betting odds are siding against Washington. This is a bit surprising, considering they’re the top dog in the Met. Nevertheless, NHL sportsbooks are probably banking on Washington coming out unmotivated this evening, since they’re 2-3 in their last 5 matchups. So should sportsbook betting players side against the Caps in this evening’s Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup?
Since the Caps are pegged as the underdog, putting some small action on them wouldn’t be a terrible idea. However, the Penguins have a better chance of winning on home ice this evening. If you wanna shy away from backing Washington, you could take Pittsburgh to cover the spread. After all, those odds are quite auspicious.
The Penguin slide into this Friday night matchup sporting a 28-21-3 record that pegs them as the 3rd best team in the Metropolitan. As previously alluded to, the Guins are sitting on 59 points on the season. That 59 point tally gives Pittsburgh a slight one point lead over the 4th place Columbus Blue Jackets. Needless to say, the Penguins need to pull off a win this evening to remain in the running for a Top 3 ranking in the division. Pittsburgh enters this evening’s contest riding a 3 game winning streak, which likely prompted the hockey betting odds to favor them this evening. So, how well to the Penguins match up against the Washington Capitals?
All in all, it’s hard to know which club gets the statistical advantage this evening. Unquestionably, the Capitals enter this evening’s with the better offense. Currently, Washington ranks 8th overall in the league in goals scored per game while the Penguins rank 11th in the same category. Likewise, Washington has a better defensive unit. Right now the Caps rank 15th in goals allowed per game while the Penguins rank 21st. That said, it should be noted that the Penguins have the best power play percentage in the NHL and are 9th in penalty kill percentage. Comparatively, the Caps rank 9th in power play and 17th in penalty kill.