In an ideal world for hockey online betting fans, the two best teams in the conference would face off in the Conference Final, but sometimes that meeting ends up coming a little earlier than we had hoped for. In this case, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are being forced to meet in the second round, with the Tampa Bay Lightning already waiting for the winner in the Eastern Conference Final. This series has been pretty much as advertised, and it is the Penguins who hold a slender 3-2 series lead as they head home for Game 6. This series is as close as its current status would suggest, with 4 of the 5 games played so far being decided by a single goal. The goalies have been at the top of their game, and one more great performance from either one could well be what swings this series one way or the other. Can the Capitals force a Game 7, or are the Penguins ready to move on? You can choose you side by placing your wagers on this one at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Capitals vs Penguins NHL Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Tuesday, May 10 at 8 PM EST
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Washington Capitals
It’s somewhat strange that the worst offensive performance of the series by the Capitals ended with them staying alive with a 3-1 win. The Caps managed only 19 shots in Game 5, yet still somehow found a way to win. Much of the credit for that one has to go to Braden Holtby, who turned aside 30 of the 31 shots that he faced from the Penguins. The Capitals will not get that lucky again, and will have to offer up more in the way of an offensive burst if they are to get their second win in Pittsburgh in this series. The Capitals were a solid 2 for 5 on the PP in the last game, and need to keep that rolling in Game 6.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins were essentially beaten by special team in Game 5, otherwise we would be sitting here talking about their first game in the Eastern Conference Final. The good news for the Penguins is that they had some room to lose a game after taking a 2-game lead in the series in Game 4. You can generally expect 1 stinker in a longer series, and the Penguins will be hoping that the last one was it. The Penguins offense has been kept pretty much in check in this series, and you would expect them to have at least one big game. If that talented group of guys can deliver in Game 6, they will be moving on to the next round to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Each of the games in this series has essentially been a coin flip, as these are two incredibly well-matched teams. The Caps have to open up a little to get the win that would keep them alive, and I believe the Penguins can exploit that.
Washington Capitals 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3