NHL Betting: Pittsburgh Penguins To Reign Over Washington


The Pittsburgh Penguins will continue their supremacy over the Washington Capitals, writes Mike Fuller...

Washington Capitals 2.80, the Tie 3.90, Pittsburgh Penguins 2.20 – BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 23.05 GMT

This is quite an occasion for Evgeny Kuznetsov to make his NHL debut, especially with another clash back in Pittsburgh tomorrow night.

The Caps need to turn the tide in a matchup that has rarely gone their way in recent years and already against them twice this season. The Russian is an outstanding prospect and an highly gifted scorer who has bided his time before making the move to North America, his arrival could well galvanise Washington in their playoff pursuit.

There's also their improved goaltending courtesy of Jaroslav Halak coming in to compete with Braden Holtby for starts, on Saturday the Slovak led his new team past Phoenix by a 3-2 scoreline to snap a three game losing runs during which they'd conceded 14 goals.

Still take a look at over 5.5 total goals here though with both Malkin and Crosby riding point streak, Alex Ovechkin has 11 goals more than any other player in the league and shows no sign of slowing down. Such is the rivalry between these two as offensively minded teams it's a matter of pride to try to play on the front foot and simply outscore even though that strategy hasn't worked out too well for Washington.

The Penguins don't have too much momentum themselves but did battle to an impressive shootout win at Anaheim on Friday, their supremacy over the Caps can't be discounted so back them at 2.20.

 

Anaheim Ducks 1.80, the Tie 4.10, Toronto Maple Leafs 3.70 - BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 02.05 GMT

After losing only their 8th and 9th home games of the season this week, the Ducks have been displaced from the NHL's top spot.

Both were decided by shootouts but they come up against an in form Toronto tonight who can cause them problems. For the Maple Leafs it's a chance to jump up into third in the East and that would be just reward for a very good stretch since the middle of January, Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul have improved to take the scoring burden off their first line.

In Jonathan Bernier's last ten starts in net they've only lost in regulation once and their penalty kill becoming more robust has also contributed to that success.

Back in October the Leafs went toe-to-toe physically and Phil Kessel's hat trick powered them to a victory, out at 2.65 including OT I think the value is with Toronto to pull that off again. 

 

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 2.20.