Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins 12/27/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/26/2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
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The Washington Capitals will head out on the road on Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are currently on a two-game losing streak. The Penguins seemed to enjoy facing the Caps last season, sweeping their four-game regular season series.
The Capitals had their three-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday when the New York Rangers were able to beat them 4-2 on the road. Washington's top power play wasn't great in that loss, scoring on just one of their five opportunities with the extra man.
Through their first 34 games this season, the Capitals have scored 2.9 goals per game while allowing 2.6 goals per game. Superstar winger Alex Ovechkin now has a team-high 16 goals on the year to go along with his 12 assists. Goalie Braden Holtby has also had a pretty good start to the season by going 15-8-5 with two shutouts and a 2.30 GAA.
The Penguins are on a losing streak for just the second time this season after being defeated 4-3 by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. They didn't score on either of their power play opportunities and also lost 28-25 at the faceoff dot.
Right now, the Penguins are in the top five in the NHL in scoring, goals against, power play percentage and penalty kill percentage. Center Evgeni Malkin has been one of the top offensive players in the league this season by notching 16 goals and 25 assists.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
Washington Capitals are 17-17-0 Against the Spread
Washington Capitals are 16-16-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins are 22-12-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Penguins are 15-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
10/24/14 D John Erskine Neck out 3-6 months
10/08/14 D Dmitry Orlov Wrist out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Neck out indefinitely
12/24/14 C Zach Sill Upper Body "?" Saturday vs. Washington
12/23/14 LW Blake Comeau Wrist expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/23/14 RW Craig Adams Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs Washington
12/23/14 D Robert Bortuzzo Upper Body "?" Saturday vs Washington
12/22/14 C Brandon Sutter Virus out indefinitely
12/22/14 RW Steve Downie Virus out indefinitely
12/22/14 GO Thomas Greiss Virus out indefinitely
12/20/14 D Christian Ehrhoff Undisclosed is downgraded to expected to miss 3 games
12/20/14 D Paul Martin Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/11/14 D Olli Maatta Shoulder out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Beau Bennett Knee out indefinitely
12/03/14 C Scott Wilson Leg expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/18/14 RW Pascal Dupuis Blood Clot out for season
11/01/14 D Derrick Pouliot Shoulder out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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