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Back both nation’s capitals to win on Saturday

Back both nation’s capitals to win on Saturday
With their backs against the wall, the Washington Capitals face a win-or-go-home situation on Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center. Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Caps will be eliminated with another defeat.

Senators and Caps look to rebound

By Angelo Montilla

Here are a few NHL betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.

Washington Capitals (-170) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (+150)

Caps Pens

The Penguins have the Capitals on the ropes and can deliver the knockout blow on Saturday night when the two Metropolitan Division rivals meet for a fifth time in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins travel to Washington where they can expect to face a desperate Capitals’ team.

The Capitals, who haven’t been particularly strong on home ice during the post-season, enter action as the -170 favorites. Washington’s potent offense have hit a dry spell, the club failing to net more than two goals in a game in this series. The Penguins, who are +150 underdogs, can put this series to bed and give their captain Sidney Crosby a little more time to rest.

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The first goal will be important as the Penguins have won all three games when they’ve scored first. Bet365 is offering -250 odds the first team that scores will go on to take the match.

Games 3 and 4 have both been decided by one goal so expect another tight-checking affair on Saturday. In fact, the Capitals are +220 favorites to win the game by one goal and force a Game 6 back in Pittsburgh.

Bovada has set the total goals projection of five, but watch for another low-scoring game as the last two have produced under outcomes. In the end, the Caps will live to fight at least one more day.

Pick: Washington Capitals (-170) and the under (5)

New York Rangers (-110) vs. Ottawa Senators (-110)

Sens Rangers

Home ice has meant everything in this series as the Senators prepare to host the Rangers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Ottawa, who opened with back-to-back victories, watched their two-game edge slip away as New York responded to tie the series at 2-2 heading into action on Saturday afternoon.

The series has been split down the middle, which is why Bovada is offering heads up odds, with both teams pegged at -110. 

New York’s been able to lure the defensive-minded Senators into a wide-open style — a system that suits the Rangers well. The Broadway Blueshirts have outscored the Senators 8-2 in the last two games, so expect Ottawa to take a few more chances offensively in Game 5.

The Rangers are -125 favorites to score the opening marker in the game, while the Sens are pegged at -115. Bet365 is also offering an enticing +5000 line there will be no first-period goal.  That has occurred once in this series during Game 1.

Either way, expect a tight game on Saturday. Bet365’s +600 line that the Sens will win by an exact two-goal margin is one worth putting your money down on.

The last three games have produced under outcomes. Take the under on Bovada’s projected total of 5 for Saturday’s contest with the Sens regaining the series lead.

Pick: Ottawa Senators (-110) and the under (5)

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