Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 09, 2022

Can the Penguins snap an ugly seven-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Capitals?

Pittsburgh
24-16-8-1
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November 09, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
27-20-4-2
Puckline -1.5 +191
Moneyline -131
Over / Under o +6.5

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Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +109
Over / Under u +6.5

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It’s a key Metropolitan Division matchup on Wednesday night in Washington as the Capitals prepare to host the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Washington was last in action on Monday when they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win against the Oilers.  Pittsburgh has been off since Saturday when they dropped their seventh straight game, 3-2 against Seattle.

After opening as underdogs, the line has shifted to make the Pens -128 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Penguins vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

The Capitals got the better of Pittsburgh last season, winning three of four meetings and outscoring the Pens a combined 18-11.  All four games hit the Over.

After an initial strong start to the season Pittsburgh has faltered mainly due to a poor road record of 1-5-1.  They’re 4-8 against the spread overall and have managed to cover in just one of seven road games.  These teams usually combine for high scoring games, with the total going Over in four of the Penguins’ last five trips to Washington.

The Capitals have struggled against the Eastern Conference, dropping eight of their last 10 games against East opponents.  They’re 8-6 ATS this season, including 4-3 ATS at home.  The total has gone Under in six of Washington’s last seven games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s loss, while Kris Letang record two helpers.  Tristan Jarry stopped 25 of 28 shots faced, losing his fourth straight game.  Crosby and Guentzel share the team lead in goals with six apiece, while Crosby leads the team with 14 points.  Defensive issues have been a big problem for Pittsburgh.  The Pens have given up at least four goals five times on their current seven-game losing streak and have scored two or less four times over the same stretch.

There’s been no word on who will get the start in net on Wednesday between Jarry and Casey DeSmith.  Jarry, who has allowed 19 goals on 143 shots during an 0-3-1 skid, is 4-3-1 on the year, with a 3.38 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.  DeSmith is winless on the year, posting an 0-3-1 record with a 3.25 GAA and .904 SV.

Washington Capitals

It wasn’t exactly a stellar night for the goalies on Monday in Washington’s 5-4 win over the Oilers, but the Caps managed to snap their losing streak and get back in the win column.  Evgeny Kuznetsov finished the night with two goals and two assists, while Dylan Strome has two goals and an assist and Erik Gustafsson had three assists.  Alex Ovechkin, who leads the team in both goals (8) and points (13), scored the game-tying goal and assisted of Kuznetsov’s game-winner.  Backup Charlie Lindgren got the start in net, allowing four goals on 29 shots.

Monday’s win was a big one for a Capitals team decimated with injuries.  Defencemen John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov as well as forwards T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Connor Brown, Carl Hagelin and Beck Malenstyn all missed the game and won’t play on Wednesday.  Off-season signing Darcy Kuemper is expected to start in net against the Penguins.  Kuemper, who backstopped the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup last season, is 4-5-1 with his new team, posting a 2.42 GAA and .919 SV.

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