NHL Playoffs Game 5 Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals – May 5, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Capital One Arena; Washington D.C.
Date & Time: Saturday May 5 2018; 7:00pm EST
Point Spread: Washington Capitals -115
Quick Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +105
It's down to a best of 3 series between two Eastern Conference rivals on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will meet Saturday in the nation's capital for Game 5. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the back to back defending champions, and coming off a 3-1 win on Thursday to even up the series. 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. Washington is a slight favorite in this game over the Penguins. The Capitals are -115 over the Penguins on Saturday.
Washington Looking to Bounce Back
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 is tied. The Capitals need a big night from their star scorer Alex Ovechkin. The left wing has 13 points, which is tied with 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 2.07 goals allowed per game. Washington will need someone to step up for Tom Wilson, who will miss the next two games for his hit earlier in the series. The Capitals are not pleased with the call, as one of Washington's leaders T.J. Oshie called it “too extreme”
Penguins Looking to Continue Washington's Frustrations
The Washington Capitals have some great frustration over their play against the Penguins over the last couple seasons. Now, Pittsburgh is trying to keep that going, as they seek a 3-2 series lead. In the regular season, the Penguins were the third best scoring team in the league with 3.3 goals per game. In the postseason, the Penguins are doing just enough to become 6 wins from their third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The scoring for the Penguins come from Jake Guentzel. The center leads the team with 10 goals and 11 assists in the postseason. That comes in 10 games. Sidney Crosby is second on the team with 8 goals and 11 assists. Goaltender Matt Murray is allowing just 2.33 goals per game through the postseason thus far.
Penguins Win Game 5
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 has won in Washington before, and they are going to do so again in this game. When we are betting on this game on Saturday – take the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Washington Capitals.