It’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Round 2 playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins at the Capital One Arena on Thursday evening.
It’s the third consecutive season that the Caps and the Penguins have met in the Metropolitan Division semifinals, with the Penguins coming out on top on both previous occasions on their way to winning the Stanley Cup. The Penguins have also won nine of the 10 playoff series in which they’ve faced the Capitals.
The Capitals rallied from losing their first two games at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1 to eventually progress with a 4-2 victory, whilst the Penguins also won 4-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers, despite also losing twice on home-ice.
We’re backing Alexander Ovechkin to lead the Capitals to an early advantage.
Pick: Washington Capitals (-109 – Pinnacle Sports) *Note: Current best available odds for Money Line*