Back the Penguins to close out the Caps in Game 6
Can the Pens ice the Caps once and for all?
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL betting options, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Washington lived to fight another day but the Presidents’ Trophy champions are faced with another stiff challenge on Monday night.
The Capitals travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins, who hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, can advance to the conference final with a victory over the desperate Capitals. Sidney Crosby and the Pens enter action on Monday night as -125 favorites on home ice, where the club holds a 4-2 record during the playoffs.
The Capitals, who are +105 underdogs, are in a must-win situation for the second time this series.
The last three games has seen the Capitals dominate in the shots department, averaging 34.33 per game, compared to Pittsburgh’s 23.33. Marc-Andre Fleury has been Pittsburgh’s savior in many instances, as the Penguins goaltender has an incredible .929 save percentage heading into Game 6 on Monday night.
Phil Kessel has quietly put together a strong series as the Penguins’ sniper has five points in the last four games.
Bovada is offering an intriguing +140 line that Kessel will score more points in the game than Washington’s T.J. Oshie — a wager bettors should consider making heading into Game 6.
Evgeni Malkin heads into a crucial matchup on Monday riding a four-game point streak. Malkin, who leads the league in playoff scoring, has 17 points in the last 10 playoff games. The Caps may want to keep an eye on the Russian superstar scorer. Bovada is also offering a +150 line that Malkin will net a goal in the game.
Four of the last five games have produced under results. The total goals projection for Monday night is set at 5.5, and while many bettors may have reservations at this point to take the over, expect this to be a high-scoring contest.
Penguins’ forward Jake Guentzel is tied for the playoff lead in game winning goals with three. Can the rookie add another one on Monday night? Bovada is pegging Guentzel as a +1500 underdog to score the game’s winning tally.
Pittsburgh’s netted the opening goal four of the last five games in this series so it’s a safe bet to pick the Penguins to repeat that accomplishment again on Monday. The Pens are -125 favorites to net the opening goal and Bovada is offering a -225 line that the club to get on the scoreboard first will go on to win the game.
Take the Pens to win this and advance to the Eastern Conference final for the second straight season.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-125) and the over (5.5)