The NHL playoff is back in action on Monday as the Washington Capitals will clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of their best-of-seven series from PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Capitals have a 3-2 led as they won the last game with a score of 6-3.
Washington Capitals Form
The Washington Capitals are facing their Nemesis from the previous two seasons, as they have been knocked out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons by the Penguins. However, it seems that this season they have a real chance to reach the Conference Finals for the first time since 1997/98. Going into this game, the Caps overall away form of the Capitals is 25-21 and they have averaged 3.00 goals per game and have allowed 3.20 goals per game in those games.
The Capitals are one of the better offensive teams in the postseason so far, as they are the 3rd best team in scoring at 3.73 goals per game, converting on 31.7% of their chances. At the defensive part of their game, during the postseason, the Caps stats are above average so far as they placed on the 6th spot in goals conceded, letting in an average of 2.82 goals per game, allowing teams to convert on 21.4% of their chances.
Pittsburgh Penguins Form
The Pittsburgh Penguins lost the fifth game with a score of 6-3 in the game at Washington on Saturday night which gave the lead to the Caps in the series with 3-2. They have knocked out the Capitals in the last two years as they went to win the Stanley Cup in both seasons. But seems that the Caps are determined to improve this year and the two-time defending champs face the prospect of elimination at home. However, their home form this year is very solid as they have a 32-14 record for the season and they have averaged 3.59 goals per game and have conceded an average of 2.70 goals per game in those games.
During the playoffs, the Penguins have very good offensive stats as they are the 2nd best team in scoring at 3.73 goals per game, converting on 23.3% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, they have been above average, as they are placed on the 7th spot in goals conceded, letting in an average of 2.91 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 17.2% of their chances.
It seems that both teams are focused on their quest towards the Stanley Cup. But the main difference this year is that the Caps are more solid and more determined to progress to the next round as they scored three goals late to grab the win in the last game. Nevertheless, the Penguins have been a strong team at their home ground this season and I can’t see the Champions being eliminated at their home ice. Go for a Penguins win in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins today on 5/7/2018 is: Take the Pittsburgh Penguins -185 (money line bet)
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