Penguins vs Capitals Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/2/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+124) Capitals (-137)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-14-5, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) head to Capital One Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (35-12-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The Penguins open this contest at +124 while the Capitals are priced at -137. The total is set at 6.5. The Penguins cover 60.4% of the time, having gone 29-19 SU. The Capitals cover 65.3% of the time, going 32-17 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice with a record of 32 victories and 14 losses, which puts them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 169 goals which ranks them 6th in the conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +30, which puts them at 5th in the league. The Penguins have earned a total of 69 points, which ranks them 4th in the league and 3rd in the East. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,639 which ranks them 5th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the league. As a unit, Pittsburgh has compiled a total of 1,370 hits which has them averaging 26.9 per game. They have earned a total of 578 blocks for the season. Looking after the net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has totaled 1,508 mins defending the goal for the campaign. Jarry is giving up 2.19 GAA which places him at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's surrendered 55 goals. He's earned a save % of .928 which places him at 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous game. The Penguins had a impressive offensive output in this win. For this game, they converted 4 of the 20 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to net 2 goals out of those chances. Pittsburgh had 6 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Penguins was 30 and the Corsi against was 48 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 38.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against was 36, which means they earned a rate of 37.9%. They took 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 47.8% and they had a PDO of 105.1 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up 30 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty mins and they had 3 power play chances.
The Capitals will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they have 35 wins and 12 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the conference and 4th in the league with +35. They have compiled a total of 187 goals for the year which ranks them 1st in the East. Washington has a save % as a team of .902 which has them ranked 17th in the league, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.2% which puts them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.11 goals per game and that ranks him 23rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 51st among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,004 minutes he has played this season, he's given up 104 goals. He has a save % of .896, which has him ranking 28th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 55th among goalies in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals opposed the Ottawa Senators in an outing where the Capitals ended up with the victory by a score of 5 - 3. In this game, Washington earned a 46.2% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 43 while the opposition had a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.5% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Senators having earned a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.3 and their percentage of oZS was 62.5%. The Capitals converted 5 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play chances in this game and scored 1 out of those attempts. As for their opponent, the Senators had 3 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Washington conceded 28 shots on goal and the Senators earned 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+124)
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