Despite both of these teams winning two straight games, the Capitals (16-4-6) currently have ten more points in the competitive Metropolitan Division than the Penguins (12-8-5). The fact that the Penguins have climbed ahead of the Capitals in points shouldn’t be overstated, but they have been excellent lately, going 7-2-1 in their past ten games. For the Capitals, this will be the final game of a four-game homestand.
The Penguins are still a risk at +115, but the Capitals have gained value. The Capitals are presently available at -130 at Washington DC betting sites. Washington is expected to play a more competitive game than previously forecasted. Over 6 has improved in value by hitting +111 as a result of this shift.
The Blue Jackets are expected to start Tristan Jarry in goal after Casey DeSmith got the nod last time. Jarry has been one of the Penguins’ surprises this season, posting a 1.92 GAA.If the Pittsburgh Penguins want to secure two points, they’ll need a strong showing from their youngsters against the Washington Capitals’ seasoned scorers.
The Penguins have been known to shut down opponents, and they’re one of the top defensive teams in the NHL. In their last two games, the team has only given up two goals.The Capitals are coming off a 3-1 victory against the Lightning on Tuesday, so there’s no doubt about it: They’re hot. It will be difficult to maintain this winning momentum against Washington, but their defensive edge is unquestionable. Furthermore, they have the top-rated penalty kill (91.9%) ahead of this game .
The +27 goal differential in Washington shows the team to be a strong two-way unit. Even without Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals have not missed a beat. Anthony Mantha is another key absentee who will miss time with an injury alongside Backstrom.
Alexander Ovechkin has a three-way battle for The Art Ross Trophy after Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl dropped out of the running. Alexander Ovechkin is in red-hot form, and this hardy Pittsburgh crew will be a good test for him.
However, it’s been Washington’s defense that has driven them to the top of the NHL. Veterans John Carlson and Nick Jensen are showing their value as important pieces of this team. Their experience has been a key factor in Washington being able to close out tight games.”
The Penguins have outscored their opponents 10-2 in the team’s past two games. They must capitalize on these dominant displays to defeat the favorite to win the Metropolitan division. Losing Guentzel after a three-point performance is not advantageous, but the Penguins have enough depth to compensate.
The Capitals must dominate at even strength. Washington’s special teams have been poor this year, and they’re up against a solid penalty kill in Pittsburgh. The experienced defenseman for the Capitals can’t burn out. The worry is that their combined age will result in a loss of momentum at some point during the season. Hopefully, it won’t be against the Penguins.