NHL Playoffs Game 6 Betting Preview: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins – May 7, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: PPG Paints Arena; Pittsburgh, PA
Date & Time: Monday May 7 2018; 7:00pm EST
Point Spread: Pittsburgh Penguins -170
Quick Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -170
It's do or die for the back to back Stanley Cup Champions. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will meet Monday in Pittsburgh for an epic Game 6. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the back to back defending champions, but have their backs to the wall after losing on the road 6-3 on Saturday. Pittsburgh finished with 100 points during the regular season, which was second in the Metropolitan.
The Washington Capitals finished third in the Eastern Conference, and won the division. The Capitals finished with 105 points, and won 28 out of 41 games in regulation at home. The Capitals outscored their opponents 259-239 on the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a pretty big favorite in this game. The Penguins are -170 over the Capitals in Game 6 on Monday.
Washington Looking to Finish The Champions
The Washington Capitals came away with back to back wins in Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Then, the Capitals struggled to score on Thursday and the series was tied. Washington controlled Game 5, and now they are ready to finish the deal. The Capitals scored four third period goals in the win. Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring. The left wing has 14 points, which is one ahead of Nicklas Backstrom for most on the team. Ovechkin has 8 goals, while Backstrom has 10 assists thus far in 10 games.
Braden Holtby is having a nice postseason, allowing just 2.16 goals allowed per game. The Capitals are also loving the play of their center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman John Carlson are combining for 24 points in the postseason. Washington lost to the Penguins in this round a season ago.
Penguins Looking to Force Game 7
The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to do something that is awfully tough to do. With all the postseason action over the last few years, it's amazing they are still battling for another cup. The Penguins scored more than 3.3 goals per game in the regular season, and allowed 3.0 The Penguins had the best power play unit in the league, and finished 17th in the penalty kill department.
The Penguins are led by their star power of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Jake Guentzel has been the main for Pittsburgh this season. The center has 10 goals and 11 assists. Crosby is second on the team with 20 points, 9 of them goals and 11 assists. The Penguins ned more out of Malkin, as he is -7 during the series.
Penguins Win Game 6
The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to win Game 5, and move one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh continues to find ways to get it done. The Penguins have a ton of postseason success on their roster, and they can get the job done at home or on the road. The Penguins are a team that can should win at home and they are going to do so again in this game. When we are betting on this game on Saturday – take the Pittsburgh Penguins -170 over the Washington Capitals.