Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Washington Capitals are -130 tonight when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins.Â The over/under for goals is 5.5.Â These teams meet for the fourth time this season.Â Though both teams played Sunday, the Pens seem to have the scheduling advantage. The Caps played at Buffalo on Sunday, which was the fourth stop on a five-game road excursion.Â The Penguins played at Chicago on Sunday, but the Pens most recent game prior to that was last Wednesday against Colorado.
Taking the der when either of these two clubs is concerned has been a successful play. The same holds true when the clubs face each other. The der is 43-16 in Washingtons first 59 overall outings and 23-6 in its last 29 road endeavors. Pittsburgh has seen the der go 36-21 overall and 11-3 in its last 14 efforts. Additionally, the der is 8-2 in the last 10 series meetings at Pittsburgh. All three meetings this season have dipped der the closing total, which started at six goals in the first two matches and was reduced to 5 Â½ in the most recent game.
The most recent meeting occurred Feb. 6, with the Caps blanking the Pens as -150 home favorites, 3-0. Michal Neuvirth turned aside all 22 shots he faced. Pittsburgh was playing without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.Â Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 22 saves, but saw his seven-game winning streak come to an end. Both clubs failed to score on the power play, with Washington getting four chances and Pittsburgh receiving two opportunities. The Penguins are now 0-for-11 with the man advantage in the three meetings against the Capitals. Mondays goalie match-up figures to be Washingtons Neuvirth against Pittsburghs Fleury. Neuvirth is 17-9-1-3 with a 2.53 GAA, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Fleury is 27-14-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .920 save percentage. He also has two shutouts.
For this game, I will be taking the der 5.5 goals.Â This just seems to be the only play in the game and a very smart play.Â Lets just hope the goaltenders play well tonight.
Under 5.5 goals
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