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NHL Betting: Capitals vs. Penguins Odds, Picks and Analysis 01/17/21

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins odds and picks

The 2020 season was a tough one for all concerned.  In particular, the Capitals and Penguins were hit hardest.  Much of it by their own doing.  Pittsburgh and Washington were NHL betting flops at the Toronto Bubble.  And in humiliating fashion.  The Penguins were upset by the 12-seed Canadiens in the qualifying round.  While the Capitals were routed by the Islanders in the first playoff round.  This forced Washington to change coaches.  And for Pittsburgh to make a long-delayed decision on its number one goaltender.  The Caps and Pens renew their great rivalry on NBC Sunday Afternoon!

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Information

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV Coverage: NBC

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Capitals +1½ (-250) 6 (-115) EV
Penguins -1½ (+210) 6 (-105) -120
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Capitals at Penguins CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, Bitcoin Sportsbook interest will be high.  Pittsburgh and Washington have large followings.  And are considered to be top tier contenders.  Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are long time NHL marquee men.  And the Sunday Afternoon NBC games draw hockey’s biggest audience each week.  On the whole gambling activity will split evenly.  Even experts from the hockey community debate the merits of each side.  Live betting will get significantly more handle.

Capitals Begin New Era with Laviolette

At the onset of this season is optimism about Washington’s coach.  Peter Laviolette is well known as a consistent betting on NHL winner.  Laviolette led Carolina to a 2006 Stanley Cup.  Additionally, he took Philadelphia and Nashville to the Stanley Cup Final.  Aesthetically, Laviolette’s teams are easy on the eyes.  He generates strong offensive hockey teams.  Yet without sacrificing defense.  That is where his predecessor Todd Reirden failed miserably.  Reirden took over after the 2018 Stanley Cup.  The Caps defense and discipline dropped dramatically.  Fashion the belief that Washington will again be a 200-foot team.

Penguins Settle on New Number One Netminder

For the past four seasons, the Penguins were committed in principle to Matt Murray.  Cause by Murray winning the 2016 Stanley Cup in emergency relief of Marc Andre Fleury.  But over time Murray was being outplayed by Tristian Jarry.  Things came to a head last year when Jarry posted a .921 save percentage.  While posting a record of 20-12-1.  Murry has slumped to a .899 save percentage.  This pro hockey betting disparity made it easier for Pittsburgh to release Murray.  And name Jarry as number one netminder with confidence.

A Tale of Two Superstars

Pittsburgh center and captain Sidney Crosby was the first overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft.  He is a two-time Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP.  And a two-time Conn Smythe Award winner as NHL Playoff MVP.  Most important of all Crosby has won three Stanley Cups.  Crosby has 462 career regular season and 68 playoff goals.  Crosby saved the Penguins franchise upon his arrival.  In turn, the Pens revival sparked the construction of a new state of the art arena.

Alex Ovechkin was the first overall pick of the 2004 NHL Draft.  He has been linked in a rivalry with Crosby since ‘Sid The Kid” entered the following year.  Of course, “The Great Eight” is most celebrated for being the greatest goal scorer of this era.  Ovechkin has three Hart Trophy awards.  And was 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.  Extending the resume was the 2018 Stanley Cup. Ovechkin was ripped for his lack of Cups.  It was something he took personally.  In like manner to Crosby, he transformed the Capitals into the hottest ticket in town.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Against the Spread

Washington has had the Hockey betting advantage in this series.  To show the Capitals have won seven of their last 12 against the Penguins.  Six of the last nine in this series have cleared the total.  Further, the Capitals have won four of their last seven games at Pittsburgh.  Four of the last six in this series at PPG Arena cleared the total.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Penguins should be motivated to get off to a strong start.  Jarry should step into the role as the number one goaltender.  Pittsburgh will have a more favorable NHL gambling price against a quality opponent.

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