Thursday's NHL Prediction

2010 NHL Picks and Predictions Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins

WASHINGTON, DC (TheSpread) – The two top stars in the NHL meet on Thursday as the Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this contest.

Pittsburgh is 23-10-2 on the season for 48 points. The Penguins have scored 115 goals and allowed 81 on the year. They are 11-4-1 on the road and winners in 8 of their last 10.

Washington is 20-12-4 on the season for 44 points. The Capitals have scored 109 goals but allowed 100. They are 13-4-3 at home and winners in just 2 of their last 10.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Washington betting odds of -123 for tonight’s game while Pittsburgh has been given odds of +114. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 6. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals, 7PM ET (View Matchup)

The road team has won 5 of the last 7 meetings in this series. The over has also hit in 35 of the last 52 in this series and in 20 of the last 29 played in Washington. The Capitals can score, but so can Pittsburgh. The difference is the Penguins have better defense and are playing much better. My pick is with Pittsburgh with the odds in its favor.

NHL FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS +114

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