NHL betting concerns continue to mount for the long term prospects of the Pittsburgh Penguins as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender to bet hockey with down the stretch.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals on Monday night in a key showdown of Eastern Conference teams that were picked to contend for the Stanley Cup title. Versus will televise the action starting at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on the side and total of this one.
Washington had a record of 30-19-5-5 with the hockey odds and went over the total in just 16 of those 59 games. The Caps had a mark of 13-12-3 on the road and went under the total in 22 of 28 away games.
Washington continued to trail the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast Division standings and was struggling to stay in the top four of the Eastern Conference race for the playoffs with home ice advantage going to those first four teams in the standings.
Surprisingly enough offense rather than defense has been the problem for the Caps as they ranked 17th in the NHL for goal scoring and 9th for goals against. Washington has been in bad form as of late with just 3 payouts in 10 games from January 24 through February 17 as just 2 of those games went over the total.
Left winger and franchise superstar Alex Ovechkin led Washington with 23 goals and 37 assists while fellow left winger Alex Semin had 21 goals Center Nicklas Backstrom had 15 goals and 38 assists.
Pittsburgh had a NHL online betting record of 36-19-2-2 and went over the total in just 21 of 59 games. The Penguins were 20-10-1 at home with just 10 of those 31 games as a host going over the total.
The Penguins have been without the services of their superstar franchise player Sidney Crosby, who has dealt with a concussion issue since the New Year and remains on indefinite status. The Penguins have sharpened up their defense in Crosby’s absence and ranked an impressive 5th in NHL betting for goals against.
Pittsburgh lost 4 of 6 games from February 6 through February 16.