Two teams that’ve served almost 25 penalty minutes combined a game, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals collide at Capital One Arena for a divisional showdown. The matchup gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and you can catch the game live on Sportsnet.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Odds
With a moneyline of -130, Washington comes into the game as the favorite. The line for Pittsburgh sits at +110, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 under, +100 over.
Pittsburgh is 9-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and none have pushed. As an away team this season, the Pens are 4-7 SU.
Pittsburgh has converted on 27.7 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.5 percent of its penalties.
The Pens, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.8 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 3.8 per game over its past ten matchups. The team’s been forced to kill penalties 10.4 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Matt Murray (9-5-1) has been the best option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If Pittsburgh chooses to rest him, however, they could roll with Antti Niemi (0-3), who has a .797 save percentage and 7.49 goals against average this year.
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Penguins. Kessel has 19 points on five goals and 14 assists, and has recorded multiple points three times. Malkin has seven goals and 11 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 10 games).
On the other bench, Washington is 8-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Nine of its contests have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 3-3 SU as the home team so far this year.
The Capitals have converted on just 18.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Washington players have been whistled for penalties 4.9 times per game in total this season, and 3.8 per game over their past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties 9.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Braden Holtby (29.7 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Capitals. Holtby has eight wins and three losses to his credit and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average this year.
Evgeny Kuznetsov (three goals, 15 assists) and Alex Ovechkin (13 goals, five assists) will pace the attack for the Caps.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Over
Five of Washington’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 1-4 overall in those games.
The Capitals are 4-6 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Penguins are 3-4 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
The total has gone under in four of Washington’s last five games.
Washington skaters have averaged 12.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 8.9 giveaways per game (ranked 13th in the NHL).
Pittsburgh has averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 7.1 giveaways per game (the sixth-fewest in the league).
Pittsburgh skaters have accounted for the league’s 12th-most hits per game (21.8).