Bet the Under for Capitals vs. Penguins in your NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:52 PM GMT

The Penguins host the Capitals at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the opening puck drop scheduled for 8:05 PM ET. The game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network. Let's find our picks in the NHL odds for this one.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

According to NHL betting odds Pittsburgh is a -200 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Pittsburgh has won the last 5 meetings between these clubs. These teams have seen 9 of their last 12 meetings go under the total.

Road Trip

This will be the first of a 3-game in 5-day road trip for the Capitals. They’ve gone 2-5 versus the money line in their last 7 road games and are 8-20 in their last 28 on the road versus an opponent with a better than .600 home winning percentage. This will also be their 3rd game in the last 4-days, and their 4th in the last 6. The Capitals have gone under the total in 5 of their last 6 when playing their 3rd game in the last 4-days. Washington comes off a pair of identical 2-1 home overtime shootout losses, the last of which came last night at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. They’ve gone over the total just once in their last 9-games when playing with no rest. The Capitals are also just 1-5 in their last 6-games versus the money line following an overtime loss. Washington is currently tied for 2nd with Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division trailing 1st place Pittsburgh by 16-points, and is tied for 5th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Well Rested and Red-Hot

Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game with 3 full days of rest. They were a 3-2 road winner at Calgary in their previous game last Saturday evening. That Penguins have now won 18 of their last 22-games overall, and have earned at least 1 point in 20 of the last 23. Pittsburgh is about as automatic as you can possibly be at home going 19-3 this season, and 42-10 in their last 52 overall at the Energy Consol Center. They’ve also dominated opponents from the Metropolitan Division winning 9 of their last 10 in that scenario.

NHL Betting System

Any road team that’s coming off a home loss in their previous game, and their playing with same season revenge from a shutout loss, has seen 27 of those 37-games (73%) go over the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Taking those stats into consideration, we expect this one to go over 5.5 for our NHL pick.

Free Pick: Washington/Pittsburgh to go over the total of 5.5

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