Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 4, NHL Playoffs Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Capitals vs Penguins, Round 2, Game 4 – Penguins lead series 2-1
Washington at Pittsburgh
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVAS
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
55 –Washington Capitals -1½ +245 -117 Ov 5½ +125
56 –Pittsburgh Penguins +1½ -290 +106 Un 5½ -138
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The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at PPG Paints Arena.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: While a significant portion of the spotlight rests with Niskanen and his role in Crosby’s concussion, fellow defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk finally saw a positive light in the playoffs with his power-play goal 3:13 into overtime on Monday. The prized in-season acquisition had been called more derogatory names than most politicians after entering Game 3 with a league-worst minus-eight rating in eight playoff contests. Nicklas Backstrom has enjoyed more consistent success with a goal and an assist in back-to-back contests to give him a team-best 10 points (four goals, six assists) in nine games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: While Crosby remains the face of the league, fellow former Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin leads the NHL with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in eight playoff games and is no stranger to picking up the slack in the absence of “Sid the Kid.” “(Malkin) is an elite player. He has that ability,” Sullivan told reporters. “We’re going to rely on him that much more, and we believe he’ll get the job done for us. I don’t think the burden falls on him solely.” Fellow forward Phil Kessel is the next man up both figuratively and literally, as the 29-year-old’s 12 points trail only Malkin in the league entering Tuesday.

Oddsmakers currently have the Capitals listed as 117-moneyline favorites versus the Penguins, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.

Sidney Crosby was in the midst of another memorable playoff run before a cross-check to the head has the Pittsburgh Penguins’ transcendent superstar in an all-to-familiar place: the NHL’s concussion protocol. The Penguins look to overcome his absence and push the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination on Wednesday when the teams play Game 4 of their second-round series at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

“He’s very upbeat and positive. We’re very optimistic and hopeful we’ll have him back in a timely fashion,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday of Crosby, a two-time Hart Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this season. The 29-year-old’s history of concussions is well-chronicled, and the latest chapter was written after he was blasted early in the first period of Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss by Washington defenseman and former Penguin Matt Niskanen. Niskanen received a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct and likely will be the subject of scorn by the Pittsburgh faithful on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Niskanen told reporters that it was “absolutely not” his intention to injure his former teammate while coach Barry Trotz flat-out dismissed the notion that sidelining Crosby was premeditated – “I hear the noise. I think it’s ridiculous, but we’re just going to look forward,” he said on Tuesday.

The Capitals were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -106 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

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Washington:
Team record: 60-21-10 SU
Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 56-22-12 SU
Pittsburgh is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Next up:
Washington home to Pittsburgh Saturday, May 6

NHL Playoffs Tips

1. Pittsburgh LW Conor Sheary also sustained a concussion on Monday after colliding with teammate Patric Hornqvist and has been ruled out of Game 4.

2. Capitals captain LW Alex Ovechkin has secured at least one point in all three games of the series (one goal, three assists) and has 25 (11 goals, 14 assists) in 16 career postseason contests versus the Penguins.

3. Pittsburgh offensive-minded D Justin Schultz has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

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

PREDICTION: Capitals 4, Penguins 2 at 

SMART CHART
WAS TEAM PIT
3.21 GOALS 3.44
2.35 GA 2.85
23.08 PP% 23.08
84.98 PK% 79.77
30.43 SHOTS OFF 33.48
28.43 SHOTS DEF 32.56
0.85 GOAL DIFF 0.59
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON
Washington is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Washington is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Washington is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Washington
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 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 3.2 3 2.5 6
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.9 17
Capitals Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 2 2.5 6
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 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 PP vs Penguins Home PK 25.2 2 83.2 11
Capitals Road PP vs Penguins Home PK 22.0 7 83.2 11
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
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Capitals Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.2 1
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 3.4 1 2.4 2
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.3 2 2.8 11
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.3 2 2.4 3
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.9 1 2.8 11
Penguins Home Scoring vs Capitals Road Defense 3.9 1 2.4 3
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 26.5 3 83.3 7
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 26.5 3 81.1 16
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 19.6 15 83.3 7
Penguins Home PP vs Capitals Road PK 19.6 15 81.1 16
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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