An overall 2-2 night but dropped the game of the week last night on the Sharks. San Jose had the better chances throughout the game and ended up tying things up late, but couldn’t finish the Wild off in overtime (including a puck stopped right on the goalline) which came back to haunt them as they lost in shootout.
Other then the GOW we had the Leafs who won 2-0, the Sens as good sized underdogs who won 5-1, and the over in the Flyers/Canes game which didn’t come through with each goalie having 35 saves. Going 2-1 in the 1 unit plays with the underdog winner limited our losses, which is why it is important to stick to bankroll management.
I’m getting right back into the winning column with today’s pick….
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals – CAPITALS TO WIN (-125)
(Note: I’m risking 1.25 units to win 1 unit)
The Penguins recent struggles continued last night with a 5-1 loss at home against the Senators. Pittsburgh has lost 5 straight games, and have only scored 6 goals over those 5 games. During that 5 game span the Penguins are also allowing an average of 3.60 goals against. The Penguins are just 10-9-2 on the road this season, and without three of their top players (Staal, Crosby, Letang) they have their hands full against on of the league’s best home teams. The Washington Capitals are 21-17-2 on the year, but 14-5-1 at home. After winning 4 straight the Capitals have dropped their last 2 in Los Angeles and San Jose. The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 home games. They are averaging 3.25 goals per game at home, while allowing just 2.50 against per game. We can expect Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun in net tonight, who have similar numbers. Fluery is 8-7 on the road this season, while Vokoun is 11-3 at home. Take note that the Penguins are just 7-20 in their last 27 vs a team with a winning record. These two teams have split their meetings this season, both winning at home, but the Capitals have won 8 of their last 10 meetings. Despite a few injuries themselves (Backstrom and Green questionable) the Capitals are a great home team, and are facing a slumping and injured Penguins team who lost at home last night. I’ll take the Caps at home with generous odds tonight.