Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 30, 2021

As the Pens and Caps gear up for what could be each team's last deep playoff run in the Ovi vs. Sid the Kid era, they'll face each other one last time this regular season.

Pittsburgh
37-16-2-1
AT
May 01, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
36-15-3-2
Puckline +1.5 -273
Moneyline -116
Over / Under o +6

45%

Betting Action

55%

Puckline -1.5 +226
Moneyline -104
Over / Under u +6

45%

Betting Action

55%

Tied for first in the East Division, the Capitals and Penguins will meet for the final time in the regular season on Saturday night in Washington.  After a 5-4 overtime win officially clinched a playoff spot for Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Pens will look to close out this two-game set and the season series with another win.

Pittsburgh opened as a small road favourite to win on the NHL odds.

Penguins vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

Sidney Crosby and the Pens have had the best of Alex Ovechkin‘s Caps this season.  Pittsburgh has a 5-2 edge in wins for the season series, but it’s worth noting those games have generally been fairly close.  Four games have needed extra time to solve this year and only two games were decided by as many as three goals.

The Pens look like they have at least one more big playoff run left in the tank as they come into this game with a 5-1 straight up record in their last six contests.  Pittsburgh is 23-28 against the spread this year, covering in 10 of 25 road games.  They’ve hit the Over in four of their last five games in Washington.

Although technically tied with the Pens in the standings, Washington is actually considered the top team in the East because they have a game in-hand over Pittsburgh.  The Caps are 26-24 ATS and they’ve covered in 11 of 24 home games.  Washington has hit the Over in nine of their last 11 tilts.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The only year Sid the Kid hasn’t made the playoffs is his rookie season, so it isn’t surprising to see the Penguins booking their ticket to the post-season for a franchise record 15th straight year.  Jake Guentzel‘s team-leading 22nd goal of the year was the OT winner on Thursday.  Frederick Gaudreau and Zach Aston-Reese also found the back of the net once each, while Kasperi Kapanen had the opening goal in the first period and the tying goal in the third period.  Tristan Jarry made 33 saves in the win and will likely start again on Saturday.  Jarry is 22-9-3 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.  The Pens’ No. 1 goalie is 3-2-0 against Washington in his career, with a 2.99 GAA and .909 SV.

Washington Capitals

Like their longtime rivals, Washington will also see themselves playing playoff hockey this year.  This will be the seventh straight post-season appearance for Ovi and the Caps and their 13th appearance in the last 14 years.  Despite Nicklas Backstrom‘s best efforts, Washington couldn’t pull out the win on Thursday.  The longtime running mate to Ovechkin finished with three assists in the loss.  Backstrom has been Washington’s best player this year and he leads the team with 51 points (14G, 37A) in 50 games.  Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 shots against the Pens and it would be surprising if he doesn’t get the start again on Saturday.  Vanecek is 18-9-4 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .908 SV.  In his career against the Penguins, Vanecek is 2-1-3 with a 3.31 GAA and .896 SV.

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