Pittsburgh at Washington NHL Odds Analysis
On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in the nation’s capital to take on Washington in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinal round. The Penguins polished off the New York Rangers in five games, ultimately making the Rangers’ defense look so silly that epic goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished both Games 4 and 5 on the bench. The Capitals struggled with the second wild card team in the Philadelphia Flyers, needing six games (and a 1-0 shutout in the last game) to send the pesky underdogs back to Broad Street. Find the latest NHL odds here.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals NHL Odds Analysis
When: Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:00pm Eastern time
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?
As dominant as the Washington offense was during the vast majority of the regular season, they struggled to get goals in against the Flyers. They won Game 6 in an epic 1-0 stonewalling, but they were shut out in Game 5 and only tallied a single goal in Game 4. It’s not like the Flyers have an elite defense, either. The Penguins are much better on offense than defense, but their defense is also stronger than Philadelphia’s. It’s pretty likely that the Penguins will come into Verizon Center and skate circles around the hosts just like they did to the New York Rangers.
Why should you put your money on the Capitals?
While the Penguins did dismantle the great Henrik Lundqvist in the quarterfinals, they will now see Braden Holtby in net for the Caps. He had otherworldly numbers against Philadelphia (0.84 GAA, .968 save percentage) and seems to be seeing the puck well. If Holtby, with the second-best defense in the NHL in terms of goals permitted per game in front of him, can keep the shots from the Pittsburgh snipers at bay, then the Capitals have a real shot at getting to the conference finals.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I love the momentum that Pittsburgh has right now, and the sleeping Caps offense forms a scary problem that they must solve if Washington is going to contend in this series. I’m predicting a 3-2 Penguin win.