Washington’s Alex Ovechkin was the first overall pick in the 2004 draft. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby was the top pick a year later. Both are future Hall of Famers and have had one of the best individual rivalries in NHL history. They square off Friday night with the Pens as short NHL betting favorites.
How to Bet Capitals at Penguins NHL Betting Pick & PredictionNHL.tvRadio: 106.7 The Fan (Washington) / 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh)Opening NHL Betting Lines: Penguins -146, Capitals +132 (5.5)
Season SeriesThird of four regular-season meetings, although I have a feeling these two meet in the playoffs for a third straight year – the Pens have eliminated the Caps from the East semifinals the past two years.On Oct. 11 in D.C., Pittsburgh won 3-2. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another. Hornqvist was on the ice for all three Pens power-play goals. Hornqvist assisted on a goal by Kris Letang and was also right there for Conor Sheary’s goal as Pittsburgh went 3 for 6 on the power play. Ovechkin’s goal with 7:09 in the third period made things interesting, but Washington had six minor penalties and that was too much to overcome. Pittsburgh outshot Washington 36-22 as Matt Murray made 20 saves for the victory while Braden Holtby had 33.On Nov. 10, also in D.C., the Caps won 4-1. Holtby became the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history behind Ken Dryden to reach 200 victories as the Capitals struck twice on the power play. John Carlson and T.J. Oshie scored the power-play goals, and Holtby stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up victory No. 200 in his 319th game. Phil Kessel had the only Pittsburgh goal.
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- Washington is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games on the road
- Washington is 8-4 SU in the last 12 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games at home