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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Tonight’s NHL hockey betting action offers a great contest in the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup. The Caps are on fire after picking up the last 7 games in a row. The Guins on the other hand, are 5-2 in their last 7 and are confident they can handle Washington at home this Tuesday night. So what kind of matchup can we expect on the ice this evening? Let’s check out tonight’s NHL sports betting odds to find out.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Tuesday, March 12th   

When: 6:00 pm ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV

NHL Hockey Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Capitals +1½ (-230) 6½ (-130) +110
Penguins -1½ (+190) 6½ (+110) -130
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Washington Capitals         

The Caps enter tonight’s contest sporting a 41-21-7 record. That record nets Washington a total of 89 points on the season, which emphatically pegs them as the best team in the Metropolitan. However, with the 2nd seeded New York Islanders but two points behind the Caps, it’s clear that Washington’s standing is far from secure. Fortunately for Washington they’re facing the Penguins this evening, who they just happen to be 6-3-1 against in their last 10. Notwithstanding that record, tonight’s NHL hockey betting odds are siding against Washington. All in all this is a bit surprising since Washington is undefeated in their last 7. Nevertheless, the Capitals are at a statistical disadvantage this evening. This is because they rank 7th in scoring and 19th in defense. The Penguins comparatively rank 5th in scoring and 17th in defense.

Players to Watch: Alex Ovechkin (46 G, 31 A, 77 PTS.), Nicklas Backstrom (18 G, 47 A, 65 PTS.), and John Carlson (10 G, 50 A, 60 PTS.).

Pittsburgh Penguins  

The Penguins slide into this evening’s matchup flashing a 37-23-9 record that grants them a total of 83 points on the year. Things are pretty heated in the Met at the moment. In fact, that 83 point tally ties Pittsburgh alongside the Carolina Hurricanes for the No. 3 spot in the Metropolitan. With that in mind, it’s clear that Pittsburgh must give it their all. In addition to having better stats, the Guins will also be playing at home here. So is that enough to convince NHL bettors to take them this evening? Well, since Pittsburgh is 2-1 in their last 3 versus Washington, there’s plenty of reason to stick with them tonight.

Players to Watch: Sidney Crosby (31 G, 57 A, 88 PTS.), Evgeni Malkin (21 G, 47 A, 68 PTS.), and Phil Kessel (22 G, 46 A, 68 PTS.).

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Washington is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington’s last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup? All things considered, this one is a bit of a tossup. All in all, Washington has looked great as of late. And since they’re pegged as the underdog here, there’s extra incentive to take them this evening. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 4-3 Washington.