Neither Team Playing Well
The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen into a deep losing streak after winning four out of their first five games to start the season. They have lost seven straight games coming into their Wednesday matchup with the Washington Capitals.
Luckily for them, the Capitals have also struggled. Washington beat the Edmonton Oilers in their latest outing, cashing as a sizable home dog in the sportsbook, but the Capitals have dropped five out of their last seven overall.
For those who bet online, which of these struggling, yet talented teams is the better play here?
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Penguins vs Capitals. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
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Something Must Change for Penguins
Pittsburgh was listed as sizable favorites on the NHL betting odds against the Seattle Kraken in its last game and was upset 3-2.
The Penguins have been good on offense but this losing streak has seen that effectiveness dip. They rank eighth in goals per game and fifth in shots. During their last 10 games, they’ve scored three or fewer goals in seven of them.
On the back end, their defense is 26th in goals allowed and 28th in shots against per game. Tristan Jarry has been decent in the net with a 4-3-1 record and a 3.38 goals-against and a .903 save percentage.
Backup Casey DeSmith has been about the same 0-3-1 with a 3.25 GAA and a .904 percentage, but the team seems to score less when he’s out there.
The Pens need to score more as they’re not a defensive juggernaut. If the goals aren’t coming, this team ain’t winning.
Capitals Coming off Needed Win
Washington badly needed a win and they got it when the Edmonton Oilers visited on Monday. The underdog Capitals came out on top 5-4 in a high-scoring affair.
That should give them some momentum moving into their next game with the Penguins. Similar to Pittsburgh, the offense has disappeared for the Capitals lately.
They’ve scored less than three goals in seven out of their last 10, ranking 21st in goals per game and 29th in shots per game.
Where they distance themselves from the Penguins is their goaltending. They are in the middle of the pack here, ranking 13th in goals allowed and 13th in shots against.
Darcy Kuemper has been the starter most of the season with a 4-5-1 record, a 2.42 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Penguins vs Capitals Game Injuries
Penguins vs Capitals Head-to-Head
The Penguins took on the Capitals four times a season ago. Washington won three of those four games.
Penguins vs Capitals Game Information
- Game: Penguins (4-6-2) vs Capitals (6-6-2)
- Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Penguins vs Capitals Live stream: NHL.TV
Penguins vs Capitals Betting Lines
Penguins vs Capitals Picks & Prediction
This is a tough game to call right now for your NHL picks. The total is currently set at 6½ goals and the under looks good.
Both teams have scored less than three goals in seven out of their last 10 games. That figures to lead to a lower-scoring affair than we’re used to seeing in these matchups.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are listed at -130 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Penguins, you have a chance to win $77. The Washington Capitals are +110, offering a chance to win $110 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Pittsburgh Penguins a 56.52% chance to win, with the Washington Capitals at 47.62%.