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Capitals vs. Penguins Meet in Potential NHL Playoff Preview Saturday

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins CashBet Wagering Analysis  

For the past 15 years, the Capitals and Penguins have had one of the best rivalries in NHL betting.  At the beginning is the personal rivalry between their two marquee men.  Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are transformational figures.  Each arrived at a team out of favor in their respective cities.  Crosby literally saved the Penguins from moving.  And was the reason why PPG Paints Arena was constructed.  In like manner, Washington played before half-empty buildings before Ovechkin arrived.  Now sold-out crowds rock the red.  Pittsburgh hosts Washington Saturday on ABC.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Information

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV Coverage: ABC

Capitals vs. Penguins Betting Odds

Capitals +1½ ( -185 ) 6½ ( EV ) +130
Penguins -1½ (+160) 6½ ( 120 ) -150
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Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins CashBet Wagering Analysis  

On this occasion, the best sportsbook online betting action will be equal.  Sharps love nothing more than to take a quality hockey team on the road.  Cause by the excellent price and the ability to win on the road.   By contrast, casual gamblers flock to power teams on home ice.  Oddsmakers know that and raise the price on such teams accordingly.  Wise Guys are aware of this fact and bet against the grain.

Does the Great Eight Have One More Run in Him?

Late on, the Capitals have dropped four of their last six Betting on NHL matchups.  Washington has gone over the total in eight of their most recent ten games.  As a result, the Capitals are 37-22-10 with 39-28 over the total.  Washington is 21-7-5 on the road.  The Caps have NHL metrics of 12th for goal scoring, 21st for power-play efficiency, 11th for goals against, and 13th for penalty killing.

Of course, Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 42 goals, 32 assists, and a +2.  Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer of an era where goal scoring is not easy.  Goalie Ilya Samsonov has a save percentage of .899.  In comparison, Vitek Vanecek brings a .911 save percentage.

Are Penguins a Tease or the Real Deal?

Pittsburgh has gotten the cash in only two of its most recent six games.  In turn, the Penguins have gone over the pro hockey betting total in four of their most recent six outings.  Pittsburgh stands at 41-19-10 with 34-33 over the total.  Specifically, at home, the Pens are 10-10-5.  NHL metrics show Pittsburgh 10th for goal scoring, 12th for power-play efficiency, 3rd for goals against, and 2nd for penalty killing.

Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 26 goals, 46 assists, and a +14.  Meanwhile, goalie Tristan Jarry boasts a .921 save percentage.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Against the Spread

Washington has won ten of its last 13 hockey betting road games.  Specifically, against the division opponents, the Capitals are 8-4 on the board.  Washington is 7-5 vs. the line as an underdog.  Washington is 7-1 over the total on the road.  And then the Capitals are 8-3 over the total against division rivals.  In six of its last seven games, Washington has gone over the total as an underdog.

Pittsburgh is 4-5 on the board against Metropolitan Division rivals.  Specifically, as a favorite, the Penguins are 8-3 vs. the spread.  Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their most recent seven home games.  Further, the Penguins are 1-5-1 under the total in division games.  Pittsburgh is 4-6-1 under the total as chalk.  The Penguins are 8-3-1 over the total at home.

Pittsburgh has won seven of its last 11 games against Washington.  In turn, the Penguins and Capitals are 12-3 over the total.  The Capitals have lost three of their most recent five games at Pittsburgh.  Also, this series is 7-1 over the total at Pittsburgh.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins CashBet Free Pick   

As mentioned earlier, the Capitals will offer the better NHL gambling value as the quality road team.

Capitals at Penguins CashBet Best Bet: 

Washington Capitals


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