Penguins vs. Capitals Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals 5/5/18, Prediction & Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are headed for a pivotal Game 5 tonight with the series tied at 2-2. Will Pittsburgh or host Washington come out on top?

Game Snapshot

59 Pittsburgh Penguins at 60 Washington Capitals

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Capital One Arena at 7PM ET

TV: NBC

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers, the Capitals are a -115 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Penguins are a -105 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals. As of Saturday morning, 53 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Pittsburgh. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.

Guentzel scores two more 

Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel scored two goals in the Game 4 3-1 victory to even the series at two games apiece. He now has 10 goals in the postseason as he is making a statement on adding his name to the Penguins' list of star players. Evgeni Malkin added the other goal in the victory.

Oshie, Letang fight at end of Game 4

Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang was not thrilled by a high hit from Washington forward TJ Oshie late in Game 4 and the two dropped gloves. It showed how heated this series is as the Penguins have had the Capitals' number this year and the Oshie hit looked to be somewhat out of frustration. Oshie was not suspended for the hit, unlike teammate Tom Wilson who will sit out two more games after being suspended for three following an illegal hit.

NHL Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The under is 3-0-2 in the last five Penguins games following a win. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Washington

The Capitals are 6-2 in their last eight games. The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Washington.

Prediction: 

Washington needs a big win like this as if it falls behind 3-2 with the series headed back to Pittsburgh for Game 6, it will be in big trouble. But I'm going to take the tried and true route and say Pittsburgh is still going to get the best here, similar to how the Cleveland Cavaliers have the Toronto Raptors number in the NBA.

 

NHL DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -105

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