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NHL Odds - Penguins vs. Capitals Wednesday NBCSN

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Few NHL matchups draws as much attention and betting activity at Top rated sportsbooks as the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 while the Capitals hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2018. Adding to the marquee are superstar captains Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals. The two future Hall of Famers have had their own personal rivalry for over a decade and remain in top form. Best of all the Caps and Pens are both in good recent form and remain top contenders to win the Eastern Conference title.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 9 p.m. ET

Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

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Penguins vs. Capitals TV Coverage: NBCSN

Pittsburgh Penguins Record and Metrics

Pittsburgh has an Offshore sportsbooks record of 15-11-4-2 with 15-13-4 over the total. The Penguins have won five of their last seven games with seven of their last ten matchups going over the total. Pittsburgh has a road record of 6-5-2-2 and has split on road ice totals at 7-7-1. The Penguins rank seventh in the NHL for goal scoring and 10th for power play efficiency. Pittsburgh ranks 20th for goals against in the NHL with a ranking of seventh for penalty killing. Pittsburgh is in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Washington Capitals Record and Metrics

Washington has an Online sportsbooks record of 20-9-2-1 to lead the Metropolitan Division standings and is one of the hottest teams on the NHL board. The Caps have won eight of their last ten games with eight of those ten matchups going over the total. Washington has been strong at home with a mark of 10-4-1-1 and has had only five of their home games go under the total. Washington has NHL rankings of second for goal scoring, fifth for the power play, 18th for goals against, but an alarming 27th for penalty killing.

ATS Numbers

Washington has won five of their last six games at home with just one of those games going under the total. Despite their recent success Pittsburgh has been in the red on the road. In fact, the Penguins have paid in just two of their last 10 games on enemy ice. Three of their last five on the road have gone over the total.

Head to Head Series

Washington has had the recent advantage in this head to head series. The Caps have paid in five of their last seven games with the Pens with six of the last nine meetings in this series going under the total.

Washington has won eight of their last 13 home games against the Penguins with six of the last seven meetings in this series at Capital One Arena going under the total. Washington has a three-game payout streak at home with Pittsburgh.

Penguins to Watch

Sidney Crosby has a team best 15 goals, 20 assists and a plus 10 for the Penguins. Sniper Phil Kessel has added 14 goals.

Capitals to Watch

Alex Ovechkin remains a cut above the rest as a pure goal scorer. The Great Eight has 29 goals to go with 14 assists and a plus 14. Ovechkin also has eight power play goals.

Between the Pipes

Casey DeSmith has played well in place of the injured Matt Murray. DeSmith has a save percentage of .923 with a 2.46 goals against average and two shutouts. His record is 10-5-4.

Washington netminder Braden Holtby has a .910 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average, and two shutouts with a record of 13-7-2.

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Penguins vs. Capitals Betting Odds Free Picks

Washington has been among the best teams in any sport for Best odds action. The Caps also have the metrics of being among the best home teams in the league. Pittsburgh’s struggles both on the road and at Washington are also cause for concern. While both teams are playing better and are in good form this is a better spot for the Caps.

Penguins vs. Capitals Live Betting Pick: Bet the Washington Capitals

Penguins vs. Capitals Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Penguins 2