Hockey betting on the Winter Classic attracts as many non-hockey fans as regular bettors as the outdoor game has captured everyone’s attention and increased hockey gambling activity.
From Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, home of the NFL Steelers, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday with a start time of 1 PM ET and a telecast on NBC. Be sure and open your account at Sports-Gambling for the side and total odds on this game.
Not only does the NHL have two of its top teams and Stanley Cup contenders going at it from Heinz Field but the top two superstars in the league will be matched up with Alex Ovechkin of Washington and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh. The two teams and this series have in fact been a part of a HBO reality series that has profiled players and coaches from both teams in the lead up to this game.
Washington had a record of 20-12-2-3 with the NHL betting odds and went under the total in 24 of 37 games. The Caps have been playing sluggish hockey in December with just 3 wins in 13 games for the month.
The power play had slipped to 10th overall and that was the difference as the Caps fell to second place in the Southeast Division standings. Left winger Ovechkin had 12 goals and 27 assists to lead the Caps in scoring while center Nicklas Backstrom had 11 goals and 24 assists. Left wing Alex Semin added 18 goals.
Pittsburgh had a record of 24-10-2-0 with the NHL betting lines and went over the total in just 14 of their first 36 games. The Penguins were showing excellent balance as they ranked 5th in goal scoring and 3rd in goals against, a marked improvement over the past few seasons. Center Crosby had 29 goals and 31 assists while Marc-Andre Fleury had a 2.28 goals against average.
Pittsburgh won the last hockey betting matchup in this series in a thrilling 3-2 payout on December 23 at Washington as the Penguins snapped a 4 game losing streak against the Capitals. The game went under the total and snapped an 8 game over streak in the head to head series.