Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals :
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Washington Capitals look for a big road victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 45 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 52 assists and John Carlson has 224 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 148 goals on 1,586 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 68 goals on 887 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning nine of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 42 goals, Sidney Crosby has 57 assists and Phil Kessel has 251 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 124 goals on 1,333 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 63 goals on 687 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games, 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 road games. The Penguins are 9-2 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 62-20 in their last 82 home games and 39-19 in their last 58 Sunday games. The Capitals are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and the over is 5-2-4 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Washington Capitals, which includes a 7-4 victory the last time these two met a little over a month ago. The Capitals also have little to no success winning in Pittsburgh, and it doesn’t help the Penguins remain one of the best home teams in the league. In a battle between two of the better teams in the East and both playing well, I’m siding with the home team based on the trends.