- April 28, 2016 at 9:08 am #42146
Preview: Pittsburgh at Washington
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
Alex Ovechkin doesn’t look back fondly on the last time his Washington Capitals met fellow captain Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the postseason, although the encounter proved to be an epic Eastern Conference semifinal series showdown. The talented twosome put on a show in 2009 before Crosby’s Penguins won the series in seven games – and later the Stanley Cup – a result Ovechkin would like to remedy when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet in Washington for Game 1 on Thursday.
“It’s history,” the three-time Hart Trophy-winning Ovechkin told reporters. “I don’t like to look back. I’m looking forward. What was the past, it’s over. Right now, it’s a new challenge and a new moment in our life.” Ovechkin, who collected eight goals and six assists in the 2009 series, got the Presidents Trophy-winning Capitals off on the right foot by scoring a team high-tying three goals and setting up two others in their six-game series victory over Philadelphia. Crosby, who had eight goals and five assists versus the Capitals seven years ago, recorded a team-high eight points (three goals, five assists) as the Penguins dusted off the rival New York Rangers in five contests of their opening-round series. Special teams were the name of the game for both teams as Pittsburgh’s 8-for-21 38.1 percent) power-play performance led the NHL clubs in the first round, while Washington scored on eight of its 27 opportunities (29.6 percent) with the man advantage.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC TVAS
ABOUT THE PENGUINS:
Crosby scored in overtime on April 7, allowing Pittsburgh to defeat Washington for the third time in five outings this season with a 4-3 victory. Rookie Matt Murray made 27 saves in that win with franchise goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury dealing with post-concussion symptoms, and the 21-year-old returned from his own upper-body ailment to turn aside 85-of-89 shots as the Penguins won the final three games of their series with the Rangers. Evgeni Malkin picked up where left off after missing over a month with a lower-body injury, scoring two goals and setting up five others in four games of the first-round series.
ABOUT THE CAPITALS:
Braden Holtby tied an NHL single-season record with 48 wins in the regular season and didn’t miss a beat in the first round, yielding just five tallies on 154 shots for an impressive 0.84 goals-against average and .968 save percentage. Some familiar faces aid in the last line of defense in the form of ex-Penguins defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, but with the former expected to return from a three-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Fellow blue-liner Karl Alzner is also nursing an upper body injury, but he’s likely to return and log considerable minutes in the series.
1. Ovechkin led the league with 50 goals this season, although none came in the five meetings against Pittsburgh.
2. The red-hot Penguins have won 17 of their last 20 games – including playoffs.
3. Washington yielded just one power-play goal in 24 short-handed opportunities Pittsburgh went 2-for-19 in that regard.
PREDICTION: Penguins 3, Capitals 2April 28, 2016 at 9:09 am #42147
Pens-Caps split last ten series games, with road team going 5-2 in last seven series games. Pittsburgh is 3-1 in last four visits here; over is 3-1-2 in last six series games. Penguins won eight of last tn games; winning last three while allowing total of four goals- they dispatched Rangers Sunday- over is 6-2-1 in their last nine games. Washington beat Philly in six games despite scoring total of only two goals in last three games- they’ve been off since Monday. Under is 5-1-1 in Washington’s last seven games.
1st round– Home: 23-24, Over: 16-17-14
2nd round– Home: 0-1, Over: 1-0April 28, 2016 at 9:13 am #42149
Pittsburgh Penguins +121 over Washington Caps
(System Record: 74-6, won last game)
Overall Record: 74-89-25April 28, 2016 at 9:32 am #42161
NHL Hockey Betting Trends – Thurs – April, 28
Pittsburgh at Washington, 8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh: 8-1 ATS in road games after 2 consecutive division games
Washington: 3-13 ATS after 3 games where both teams scored 2 goals or lessApril 28, 2016 at 11:52 am #42172
‘Play of the Day’
2 Washington Capitals -140April 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm #42199
3* UNDER 5 – washington / pittsburghApril 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm #42206
ATS LOCK CLUB
PenquinsApril 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm #42214
50 DIME – WASHINGTON CAPITALSApril 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm #42218
8 Unit Total Play · Under  Pittsburgh Penguins vs.  Washington Capitals
The Killer Move Thu Apr 28th, 2016 8:05pm EDTApril 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm #42220
CAPITALS / PENGUINS
OVER 5 -125April 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm #42233
3* Capitals -124
3* Capitals -112 – ‘Series’April 28, 2016 at 7:45 pm #42234
2 Units Capitals -125
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