NHL Picks: Washington vs. Pittsburgh

PJ Laferla

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

The blazing Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-0), who have tallied nine consecutive wins, will welcome in the visiting Washington Capitals (12-15-1) tonight as they attempt to push their winning streak to double digits.

NHL Picks: Capitals vs. Penguins

Find out where the real value is on the NHL odds boards in this matchup.

The puck is set to drop at 7:30 PM EST from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA and the game can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided NBC Sports.

As expected, sportsbooks have listed the Penguins as heavy favorites on the money line, posting a number of -205 on the odds boards. Pittsburgh has won 39 of their last 55 games played on their home ice.

The total is coming in at 6 goals and might seem a bit on the high side, but 10 of the last 14 games between these teams have gone over the number when meeting in Pittsburgh.

Good Offense vs. Bad Defense

The Penguins own the top ranked offense in the NHL, scoring an average of 3.6 goals per game. They are also 4th best on the power play at 24.1%.

The Capitals feature a poor defense that is surrendering an average of 3 goals per game, which is among the worst in the NHL at 24th best. Their penalty kill percentage (76.2) is even worse, coming in at 29th in the league.

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Inside The Numbers

The Capitals are just 4-11 in their last 15 games played on the road and 1-7 in their last 8 versus the Atlantic Division. They are under in five of their last six games played on the road and seven of ten against the Penguins.

The Penguins are 37-14 in their last 51 games played on a Tuesday and 37-18 in their last 55 versus the Southeast Division. They have eclipsed the total in 17 of their last 25 home games and 34 of 51 overall.


The Pick

Clearly, the Penguins are the better team with all the momentum in this matchup, buy laying more that 2 to1 odds is too much, as one bad hop can be the difference between a winning night and a devastating loss.

However, that doesn’t suggest the Capitals are the right side either.

Our focus is on the total for our NHL picks, with our play going over the number in what should turn out to be a high scoring affair.

NHL Pick: Over 6 Goals at Bet365



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