Planning on watching today’s Capitals and Penguins game? Catch the action at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, as the Penguins hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Penguins are the home favorites against the Capitals in a Metropolitan division matchup.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5
This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:30 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Capitals.
- We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+141)
- The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Will Washington Find a Way to Win on the Road?
As they head into their game vs. the Penguins, the Capitals have a 17-12-6 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-4-4, and they have 8-7-2 mark on the road. This record has them sitting 5th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 9th in the Eastern conference.
Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Washington has a 14-20 record. On the road they are 7-10 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is7-10. This season, Washington’s games are averaging 5.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Capitals currently have an over/under record of 11-22-1.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 0-3 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
When looking at their offense, the Capitals have an average of 2.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. This year, the Capitals have recorded a 5-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 12-8 record.
Washington’s current leading scorer is Dylan Strome. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 57th in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 8 assists.
Defensively, the Penguins are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper comes into the game having made 17 starts this season. So far, his record is 8-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.7128712871287128%.
Do the Penguins Stand a Chance at Home?
For the season, the Penguins currently hold an overall record of 18-13-4. On the road, Pittsburgh has gone 8-7-3 and they are 10-6-1 at home. This record has them sitting 7th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 11th in the Eastern conference.
Regarding the puck line, Pittsburgh comes in with a 17-18 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 8-10, while their home record is 9-8. Games involving Pittsburgh have an average of 5.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Penguins come in with a record of 13-19-3.
In their last three home games, Pittsburgh has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
On offense, the Penguins are averaging 3 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. In terms of the Penguins’ offense during power plays, they are 26th in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.
Pittsburgh’s leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far, he has 20 goals which is 8th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 16 assists so far.
Pittsburgh defense takes on the Capitals ranked 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They alsso are 1st in shutouts, with 5 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 24 games this season. His current record stands at 11-11, and his save percentage is 0.8811881188118812%.