The Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Washington Capitals in an East Division matchup. The Penguins have a record of 10-6-1. The Capitals are 9-5-4 on the season. These two teams have faced each other five times this season with the Pens winning four games.
Penguins Coming in HotThe Pens come in to this game on a three game winning streak and have won five of their last six games. Their last game was a 3-2 overtime victory against the Capitals on Tuesday night. Jake Guentzel and Kasperi Kapanen each had a goal and an assist in the game. Tristan Jarry had a good night in net, stopping 20 out of 22 shots faced.
Offense has been trending in the right direction lately. The Pens have scored three goals or more in seven of their last nine games. It has been a balanced effort on offense. The Penguins have six players who have double digit points on the season. The team ranks 14th in goals per game, 20th in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and 22nd in scoring efficiency ratio. The Pens have played the Caps five times this season and have scored three goals or more in four of the five games.
Tristan Jarry has been playing much better recently. After a very rough start to the season, Jarry has given up two goals or less in each of his last three starts. In his last three games, Jarry has seen a combined total of 89 shots and he has stopped 84 of those shots. Although Jarry is playing much better lately, the team still only ranks 25th in goals against per game and 29th in opponent shooting % and save %.
Capitals Coming off LossWashington is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Conor Sheary and Richard Panik each scored a goal. Vitek Vanecek was solid in net stopping 34 out of 37 shots faced but it was not enough to get the win.
Washington’s offense is not playing as well recently as they were to start the season. They have scored three goals or less in seven of their last nine games. Nicklas Backstrom has at least one point in seven of his last 10 games and leads the team with 22 points in 18 games played. The Caps also have six players who have double digit points on the season. The team ranks ninth in goals per game, 24th in shots per game, seventh in shooting %, and 18th in scoring efficiency ratio.
Defense and goaltending have been a major problem for the Caps this season. They have given up three goals or more in eight of their last 10 games. Vitek Vanecek has started in 15 out of the 18 games for the Caps this season. He has given up three goals or more in eight of his last 10 starts. The team ranks 27th in goals against per game, 21st in shots against per game, and 27th in opponent shooting % and save %.
- Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
- Washington is 3-6 in their last nine games against an opponent in the East conference
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last five games against Washington
- Penguins are 5-1 in their last six vs. East