Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Capital One Arena
After defeating the Capitals in the first game of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Washington in the hopes of making it two in a row against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will visit Capital One Arena not having lost a single game on the road in regulation time. While the Montreal Canadiens beat them at the Bell Centre and the New York Islanders defeated them at the Barclays Center, both losses were in a shoot-out, with the Penguins still collecting a valuable away point in each game.
After having been eliminated by the Penguins in the playoffs for two consecutive years in a row, Washington finally got the monkey off their back and defeated Pittsburgh in the post-season on route to the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup.
While the Capitals have managed to avoid the dreaded champions’ hangover, they have been far from the consistent side we are used to seeing. They have yet to win two games in a row, and have allowed 43 goals after just 11 games. An issue they will need to resolve if they have any chance of repeating what they accomplished last year.
It’s always an intense affair when these two teams lock horns and Wednesday night should be no different. While Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will garner most of the attention as per usual, Evgeni Malkin may be the real story. The Russian already has 20 points after just 11 games and could be a nightmare for Washington’s shaky defence.
- Pittsburgh Penguins to win
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been sensation away from PPG Paints Arena this season, and they will be fired up to play their Metropolitan rivals.
- Over 6 goals
These two teams couldn’t stop lighting the lamp the first time they met this season, and that could very well be the case again at Capital One Arena. With Pittsburgh’s firepower and Washington’s inconsistent defence, we could witness a real thriller in this one.
Head to Head
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the first matched played against the Washington Capitals earlier this season 7-6 in overtime. They split the season series last year with two victories each, winning one game at a home and one on the road.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins had four players reach 10 points or more after just 11 games – Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Kris Letang.
- Evgeni Malkin became the first Penguins player to record 19+ points through the first 10 team games in a season since Mario Lemieux in 2002-03.
- Only the Penguins have scored more goals after 11 games than the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference.