NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

by Dirty on March 24, 2010

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Capitals listed as 225-moneyline favorites versus the Penguins, while the game’s total is sitting at 6½.

Pascal Dupuis scored the lone marker for Pittsburgh in its 3-1 loss to Detroit on Monday night.

Detroit won as -145 home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 5.5-goal total posted by oddsmakers.

Jose Theodore stopped 33 shots and the Capitals defeated the Lightning 3-1 on Friday. The Capitals won the game as -210 favorites, while the four goals went UNDER the posted over/under (6.5).

Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Capitals.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 42-25-6
Washington: 48-14-10

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Ottawa are 8-2
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Calgary are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Washington is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Saturday, March 27
Washington at Carolina, Thursday, March 25

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