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NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Penguins Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 8th 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Betting Pick: Washington +105 odds (May 8th 2017)

The set-up: The Caps began the third period of Saturday’s Game 5 down 2-1 and 20 minutes away from losing yet another postseason series. However, Washington scored three goals less than eight minutes in, capped by Alex Ovechkin’s fifth goal of this year’s playoffs (he has three assists for eight points). “We’re still down. We take good moments in the game (Saturday) and move forward,” Ovechkin told reporters. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and fellow forward Conor Sheary returned on Saturday from one-game absences due to concussions, with Crosby notching his franchise high-tying 96th playoff assist for his 12th point (four goals, eight assists) in nine contests this postseason.

Washington: Ovechkin has been impressive versus Pittsburgh with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 18 career postseason games. However, the Penguins have enjoyed the last laugh by winning seven of the previous eight series and going on to capture the Stanley Cup after the last two (2009, 2016). While Ovechkin often gets the headlines, countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov continues to be one of the main stories of this series after scoring a goal in each of the last three games to tie Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin for the team lead with five. Goaltender Hotlby held Pittsburgh at bay in the third period and since getting pulled in Game 2 (a 6-2 Pittsburgh win), has stopped 63 of 70 shots (.900 SP), which includes that “own goal” in Game 4.

Pittsburgh: Crosby told reporters that his team needs to focus on puck possession as a means to overcome a huge shot discrepancy in the series (Washington leads 174-115). “I would say just a little bit more zone time,” the two-time Hart Trophy winner – and 2017 finalist – told reporters. “If we can hold on to the puck a little bit more, we should get more shots. I think we’ll generate a little bit more from that.” The Penguins may have won seven of the previous eight series against the Capitals but Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan isn’t interested in history, whether it dates back to last season’s second-round series versus Washington or the events of Game 5. “We have to have a short memory,” Sullivan told reporters. “We just have to reset our mindset and go home and try to put our very best on the ice.”

The pick: Yes, the Capitals lost Game 6 in Pittsburgh last year 4-3 in overtime but the Capitals had won Game 6 in four off the previous series in which they had trailed 3-2. I expect them to win here and extend the series to a Game 7 in Washington?

Penguins vs. Canucks NHL Over-Under Pick from Will Rogers: March 11th 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5 goals -120 odds (March 11th 2017)

The set-up: The 42-16-8 Pittsburgh Penguins pulled within three points of league-leading Washington with Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton. The Pens are now 2-0-0 on their five-game road trip (own a four-game winning streak overall), which continues when they visit the 28-30-9 Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Vancouver is hoping to remain in the race for a playoff spot but it sits eight points behind St. Louis for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin scored his 32nd goal Friday (he’s riding four-game goal and point streaks) to move one point ahead of captain Sidney Crosby (70) for the team lead and climb within four of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (75), in the chase for the Art Ross Trophy. Center Nick Bonino followed a hat trick at Winnipeg on Wednesday with a goal in Edmonton to extend his point streak to four games. Crosby leads the NHL with 34 goals but is mired in a six-game drought, last scoring Feb. 25 against Philadelphia.

Vancouver: The Canucks have a more modest four-game run going, at 2-0-2 their last four. They suffered overtime losses at home to the New York Islanders and Montreal after winning on the road in Anaheim and Los Angeles. Hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena on Saturday night is a big deal.

The pick: With a little luck, the Canucks get the Penguins playing their second of back-to-back road games. Pittsburgh may just put up a little less of a fight than usual. Also, the Pens will be missing heavyweight winger Tom Sestito, who will sit out the second of a four-game suspension for boarding Winnipeg’s Toby Enstrom on Tuesday night. Make the Under the play.

Nashville vs. Pittsburgh NHL Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: January 31st 2017

Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -180 odds (January 31st 2017)

The set-up: The 24-17-8 Nashville Predators climbed back into contention in the Central Division on the strength of a 7-1-1 surge into the All-Star break. They get a real test right away on Tuesday, as they open play in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, who are 30-13-5.

Nashville: The Predators have earned a point in five straight games(current 7-1-1 overall) and goaltender Pekka Rinne told the Predators’ website, “I think we’ve turned a corner here a little bit. I feel like throughout the season we’ve been finding consistency and, as of late, with the way we’ve been playing, even with our losses, I feel like we’ve been pretty happy with our games.” Tuesday’s game is the first of seven in 13 days for the Predators, before they reach their five-day bye week. If nothing else, the busy schedule between breaks offers them a chance to try to match their play in the nine games before last weekend. We’ll see.

Pittsburgh: Unlike the Predators, it’s been a streaky January for the Penguins. It’s included a three-game losing streak, a four-game winning streak, and last week before the break, a two-game losing streak.Captain  Sidney Crosby owns an NHL-best 28 goals but followed up his 11-goal December with just two here in January. The Pens need Crosby at his best while fellow star center Evgeni Malkin is out. Malkin has a lower-body injury and is expected to miss his second straight game Tuesday and it not skating yet. Malkin sits third in the league with 54 points, one behind Crosby.

The pick: Still, I look at Pittsburgh’s 20-3-2 home record in which the team is averaging 4.00 GPG (while allowing just 2.60) and the Pens are the play.