NHL playoffs betting (May 9): Capitals seated in the last chance saloon

Updated: May 8, 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have another chance to close out their NHL Eastern Conference second round series against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena, and our TIW ice crew are expecting they’ll get the job done; playoff record: 12-5-16, +0.35 units; overall record: 248-26-200, +57.53 units

Eastern Conference second round, game 6: Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (Pittsburgh lead 3-2)
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Tuesday, May 9, 9.30am (AET)
Prices: Washington $1.95, Pittsburgh $1.87

Confirmed bet: Pittsburgh WIN (one unit @ $1.87)

TIW says: The Washington Capitals are coming off a 4-2 win Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins to remain alive in an NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series but still trail 3-2 and again face elimination when the teams meet in Game 6 at the PPG Paints Arena. Alex Ovechkin may yet to have steered the Capitals past the second round but after recording his 10th goal and 20th point in 19 contests in which the Capitals face elimination, Ovechkin looks to temporarily quiet the critics once again tonight.

Ovechkin (pictured below) capped Washington’s three-goal third period in Saturday’s 4-2 triumph with his eighth point (five goals, three assists) of the playoffs. While the 31-year-old Russian has been impressive versus Pittsburgh with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 18 career postseason games, the Penguins have enjoyed the last laugh by winning seven of the previous eight series and going on to capture the Stanley Cup after the past two (2009, 2016).


Pittsburgh defeated Washington in six games at this stage of the postseason in 2016. Ovechkin’s countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov continues to be one of the main stories of this series after scoring a goal in each of the past three games to tie Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin for the team lead with five. Despite being ahead in the series, Pittsburgh have been outshot in every game, by an average of 34.8 to 23. In all but Game 3, the Capitals have had at least 10 more shots than the Penguins.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and fellow forward Conor Sheary returned on Saturday from respective one-game absences due to a concussion, with the former notching his franchise high-tying 96th assist for his 12th point (four goals, eight assists) in nine playoff contests in 2017. The Capitals are 1-7 in their past eight meetings with the Penguins in Pittsburgh while the home team is 10-3 in the past 13 meetings overall.


Saturday’s NHL results: 2-0-0, +3.91 units

Nashville Predators @ St. Louis Blues WIN (three units @ $1.91) WIN (1-2)
Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks +5.5 (one unit @ $2.18) WIN (4-3)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed goaltenders are changed. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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