National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and a pair of heated rivals from the Metro Division will square off as the Washington Capitals duke it out with the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Caps enter this game off a 3-1 home win over the Jets, while the Penguins are off a 4-2 home win over the Bruins.
The Capitals Keep Rolling
The Washington Capitals continue to play well as they seek their 4th Metro Division Title in a row. They won’t have the top seed in the East, but a number two seed will be just fine for them, especially if they keep playing as they have been of late. The Capitals enter this game off a 3-1 home win over the Winnipeg Jets and they have now won their last seven games in a row and nine of their last 10. The Caps have taken over the tops spot in the Metro and they lead it by two points over the Islanders, who have been less than stellar of late. Scoring in the win over the Jets was Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 18th of the year, Carl Hagelin, which was his 4th and Lars Eller, which was his 10th.
Grabbing the win against the Jets was Pheonix Copley, who stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he faced to improve to 15-8 with a 2.97 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Braden Holtby and he has gone 26-20 with a 2.88 GAA on the year, including 12-9 with a 3.08 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-13 with a 2.96 GAA against the Penguins. Washington has gone 20-14 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.24 gpg and have allowed 3.32 gpg in those games. The Capitals check in ranked 10th in power play conversions at 21.8% and 21st in penalty kill at 79.7%.
Pens Cool Off The Bruins
The Pittsburgh Penguins took on a red-hot Boston team in their last game and they were able to cool of said bruins with as 4-2 home won. The Bruins had won their previous six games in a row. The Penguins have now won four of their last five games and they have allowed a total of nine goals in those games. Pittsburgh is currently in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and they have just a four-point lead over the Canadiens and Blue Jackets, who are tied for the 8th spot. Scoring in the win over the Bruins was Nick Bjugstad, which was his 10th of the year, Jared McCann, who scored twice and now has 16 on the year and Jake Guentzel, which was 34th.
Snatching up the win against the Bruins was Matt Murray, who stopped 39 of the 41 shots that he faced to improve to 23-14 with a 2.78 GAA on the year, including 10-8 with a 3.26 GAA here at home. in his career, he has gone 6-4 with a 3.62 GAA against the Capitals. Pittsburgh has gone 20-14 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.44 gpg and have allowed 3.12 gpg in those games. The Penguins check in ranked 6th in power play conversions at 24.7% and 15th in penalty kill at 80.5%.
- 10-4 in their last 14 vs. the Metropolitan
- 112-47 in their last 159 games as a home favorite
- The Under is 6-0 in Washington’s last six vs. a team with a winning record
- The Under is 4-0 in Washington’s last 4 games as a road underdo