Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 3, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Playoffs Sports Betting, Tips, Picks and Prediction

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
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Capitals vs Penguins, Round 2, Game 3 – Penguins lead series 2-0
Washington at Pittsburgh, Las Vegas Odds, Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, May 1, 2017
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
13 –Washington Capitals +1½ -285 +106 Ov 5½ -118
14 –Pittsburgh Penguins -1½ +240 -117 Un 5½ +107
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Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Monday when the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet at PPG Paints Arena.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: Braden Holtby will start Game 3 despite making an early exit after permitting three goals on 14 shots through two periods on Saturday. “Absolutely. Why would you think otherwise?” coach Barry Trotz said Sunday of the starting status of the 27-year-old Holtby, who is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner and a finalist again this season. “There’s no question he’s our goaltender. We expect him to start (Monday).” Holtby, who has yielded six goals on 35 shots for a 3.67 goals-against average and .829 save percentage in this series, registered a 3-1-0 mark with one shutout, a 2.27 GAA and .922 save percentage in four games after being pulled this season.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Phil Kessel led the NHL in points last postseason and finds himself among the leaders once again in 2017. “Phil has shown an ability to elevate his games at key times and he’s been a difference-maker for us in my tenure here,” coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday of the 29-year-old Kessel, who scored two goals and set up another in Game 2 to increase his point total to 11 – which trails only teammate Evgeni Malkin (13). The 30-year-old Malkin joined fellow former Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby in collecting a goal and an assist in Game 2, with the latter recording 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during his six-game streak and surpassing Jaromir Jagr for second on the Penguins’ all-time playoff points list (131).

Oddsmakers currently have the Penguins listed as 135-moneyline favorites versus the Capitals, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.

A high-octane offense has the Pittsburgh Penguins traveling the fast track toward what fans in the Steel City hope is a second consecutive Stanley Cup title and the fifth in franchise history. After winning two straight at the Verizon Center, the Penguins aim to send the Washington Capitals down an all-too-familiar path as they bid to push the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners to the brink of elimination with a win in Monday’s Game 3 at PPG Paints Arena.

“We’re not going to shy away from it. We’re going to go there and see what we’re made of,” veteran forward Justin Williams said on the heels of Saturday’s 6-2 setback. The perennially underachieving Capitals face an uphill climb as they head to Pittsburgh, the site of six straight defeats as well as the location of where their season ended a calendar year ago. Penguins forward Jake Guentzel recorded a three-point performance in Saturday’s lopsided victory, with his two goals giving him an NHL-best seven in his first seven playoff games – putting the rookie alongside Maurice “Rocket” Richard (10, 1943-44) and Dino Ciccarelli (seven, 1980-81) as the lone players to accomplish the feat. “It feels good (being up 2-0), but we know that they’re going to be pushing back, so we have to be really good when we get back there,” the 22-year-old Guentzel said.

Pittsburgh was a 6-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Capitals. They won as +149 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors.

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Washington:
Team record: 59-21-10 SU
Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington’s last 12 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 56-22-11 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games

Next up:
Washington at Pittsburgh Wednesday, May 3

NHL Playoffs Tips

1. The availability of Pittsburgh RWs Patric Hornqvist (lower body) and RW Tom Kuhnhackl (undisclosed), as well as D Ron Hainsey (undisclosed), was unknown for Game 3, Sullivan said on Sunday.

2. Washington D Kevin Shattenkirk, the prized in-season trade acquisition, has failed to score a goal and owns an NHL-worst minus-7 rating in eight playoff games.

3. The Penguins have outscored foes in the second period by a 15-6 margin during the postseason.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Pittsburgh Penguins will win outright at -117 and the game will go over 5.5 goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Capitals 3 at 

SMART CHART
WAS TEAM PIT
3.21 GOALS 2.99
2.22 GA 2.85
23.08 PP% 18.53
83.82 PK% 79.77
30.43 SHOTS OFF 33.20
27.84 SHOTS DEF 32.56
0.99 GOAL DIFF 0.13
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington’s last 12 games
Washington is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.2 3 2.9 17
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.9 17
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.2 3 2.5 6
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.5 6
Capitals Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 3.0 4 2.7 15
Capitals Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 3.2 1 2.7 15
Capitals Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 3.0 4 2.5 16
Capitals Road Scoring vs Penguins Home Defense 3.2 1 2.5 16
Capitals Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 25.2 2 82.6 12
Capitals Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 22.0 7 82.6 12
Capitals Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 25.2 2 83.2 11
Capitals Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 22.0 7 83.2 11
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 3.4 1 2.4 2
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 3.4 1 2.2 1
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.4 2
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.2 1
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.9 1 2.4 3
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.9 1 2.8 11
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.3 2 2.4 3
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.3 2 2.8 11
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 19.6 15 81.1 16
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 19.6 15 83.3 7
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 26.5 3 81.1 16
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 26.5 3 83.3 7
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
WASHINGTON
Washington is third highest scoring team in the league at 3.2 goals per game.
Washington is third on the power play in the league at 23.1%.
Washington is the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 2.2 goals per game.
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the highest scoring team in the league at 3.4 goals per game.
Pittsburgh leads the league in shots with 33.5 per game.
Pittsburgh is second best in the league in power play goals with 0.7 per game.
Pittsburgh is third on the power play in the league at 23.1%.

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