The NHL is back in action on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins will clash with the Washington Capitals at the Capital One Arena.
The Penguins are heading into this game after a home defeat loss the Ducks. While the Capitals beat the Sabres at home win shootout of 4-3.
Pittsburgh Penguins Form
The Penguins are having some mixed luck this season. It seems that they just can’t maintain a steady run. Therefore, they are not in the mix for the title this year. Moreover, their inconsistency is preventing them from reaching their full potential. That is why their record this season stands at 15-16 so far. They need to find consistency in order to get a wild card for the playoffs.
They had a good run of 5 wins before the game against the Ducks. Nevertheless, they lost against Anaheim and went a step back.
On the offensive side of the game, the Penguins are placed on the 7th spot in the NHL in scoring. They score an average of 3.36 goals per game.
On the defensive side of the game, they are placed on the 21st spot in the league. The Penguins concede an average of 3.21 goals per game.
Washington Capitals Form
The Capitals are playing well at the moment. Moreover, they have now won their last 5 games in a row. Yet, their start of the season was not so good as they were 8-10 in the first 18 games. However, they have turned things around since. Their form is constantly improving.
Therefore, their recent record is very good, standing at 12-2 in the last 14 games. Furthermore, their overall season record so far is 20-12. The Capitals will play a big role in the Play-Offs this season. Again, Alex Ovechkin is their main player as he scored 29 goals so far in the league. He is currently the top scorer in the NHL.
On the offensive side of the game, the Capitals are placed on the 2nd spot in the league. Their scoring average stands at 3.72 goals per game.
On the defensive side of the game, they are placed on the 18th spot in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.09 goals per game.
This Penguins team has a lot of potential. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the last few seasons. However, that is not the case this year. Their inconsistency can cost them a spot in the playoffs this year. On the other side, the Capitals are dominant. They are the Juggernaut in the NHL and they show their class in every game. They are in a good form and in a good form. Therefore, I expect another win for the champions in this game.
Go for the Capitals in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals on 12/19/2018
is: Take the Washington Capitals – 142 (money line)
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