Pittsburgh at Washington Game 2 NHL Playoffs Betting Odds & Pick

Posted by Aaron . on April 28, 2017 in

It’s looking like 2016 all over again, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals yet again on Thursday night. The teams square off in Game 2 on Saturday night as the Caps hope to even the series at a game apiece heading out to western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh at Washington Game 2 NHL Playoffs Betting Odds & Pick

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: NBC
Radio: Pittsburgh / Washington
Stream Option: NHL.tv
NHL Odds: Washington Capitals -122

Why should you bet on the Penguins?

Captain Sidney Crosby showed yet again why he is one of the transcendent talents in the game, scoring two goals 52 seconds apart in the second period, although the tic-tac- toe passing of the Penguins helped make it look easy. The Capitals showed more offensive prowess than they showed in last year’s semifinal, when the Penguins made it look like the Capitals were cones in a skating drill time and time again, but Marc-Andre Fleury was phenomenal in goal for Pittsburgh, stopping 32 shots (including 15 in the third period — and four in a row with three minutes left even though he did not have his stick). If those trends continue, Washington is looking at another early exit from the playoffs.

Why should you put your money on the Capitals?

The Capitals did put 34 shots on net in the 3-2 loss. However, Braden Holtby was not quite up to the task, making 18 saves. He needs a better game on Saturday night if he wants to match the level that Fleury provided. The defense also needs to watch its coverages more carefully, as Nick Bonino scored the game-winner for Pittsburgh after the Capitals’ blueliners left him all alone in shooting range, leaving Holtby out to dry. The Capitals need to get back to that combination of swarming offense and committed defense that brought them the President’s Trophy.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

These Capitals have more going offensively than they did in the 2016 playoffs. I see them taking advantage of more opportunities and playing better defense in a 3-2 win.