Looking to win big? The Penguins and Capitals face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Capitals are hosting the game at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. In this division matchup, the Penguins are favored by -1.5 against the Capitals. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals +1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, April 4th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • The Penguins enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Can Pittsburgh Secure a Road Victory?

On the season, the Penguins have gone 34-30-11 and are in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division. In the Eastern Conference, the Penguins are 11th and have gone 20-24 in conference games. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh is 5-5 and has won two straight games.

When playing on the road, the Penguins have gone 14-17-7 and have won two straight games. As the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 22-15-7 this season.

On the road, the Penguins have gone 18-20 vs. the puck line this season, and they have a puck line record of 35-40 overall. So far, Pittsburgh has 24 wins by multiple goals and 10 wins by one goal.

Overall, the Penguins have an average scoring margin of .0 goals per game, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.2 goals per game. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is 5-5, and their puck line record as the favorite is 17-27.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Pittsburgh is 6. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 32-38-5.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 21st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 6th in the league. So far this year, the Penguins are 20-18 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 13-11 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Pittsburgh’s leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far, he has 39 goals which is 12th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Crosby has 45 assists this season.

Washington defense takes on the Penguins ranked 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Washington. They also are 7th in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Alex Nedeljkovic has started 26 games in this season. His current record is 14-6, and his save percentage stands at 0.643%.

Does Washington Stand a Chance at Home?

At home this season, the Capitals have gone 20-11-6. In the Eastern Conference, Washington is in 8th place and 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the year, the Capitals have a record of 36-28-10.

Over their last ten games, the Capitals have gone 6-4. In their last five games, they have gone 2-3, and they have lost three straight games. As the underdog, Washington has gone 22-25-8 this season.

As the underdog, Washington has gone 31-24 vs. the puck line this season, including an overall mark of 36-38. Through their first 55 games as the underdog, the Capitals’ average scoring margin sits at -0.9 goals per contest.

So far this year, the team’s average scoring margin is at -0.5 goals per game, and they have 18 wins by multiple goals. Against the puck line, Washington is 19-18 at home and 7-3 in their last ten home games.

The average goal total for Washington’s games is sitting at 6. The average over/under line for the season is 6. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 34-37-3.

In their last three road games, Pittsburgh has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.

The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game, putting them 28th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 31st in the league. So far this year, the Capitals are 10-6 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 26-22 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Washington will be looking for a good game from Alex Ovechkin who leads the team in scoring with 26 goals, ranking 51st in the NHL. Ovechkin also comes into the game with 33 assists.

The Capitals defense is currently 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 7th with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren comes into the game having made 41 starts this season. So far, his record is 21-14 and he has a save percentage of 0.812%.