Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Capitals seemed shorthanded for the entire contest.

"Trust me, Ovi will get his shots", Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. In his career (Regular season), he has gone 4-4 with a 3.66 GAA and a.882 save percentage against the Capitals.

The Capitals entered the game more than a little peeved.

Tom Wilson's suspension severely affects Washington as the team now has to fill a void at right-wing on their top line for the next three games.

Predators 2, Jets 1: Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, P.K. Subban and Ryan Hartman scored, and Nashville held off a late charge by host Winnipeg to even the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

"We played like it is Game 7 tonight for sure", Malkin said. "It was definitely a huge win for us".

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But Wilson's absence was a hit to a Washington forward corps already missing winger Andre Burakovsky, who recently had surgery for an undisclosed upper-body injury. Alex Ovechkin did not take a shot on goal and Devante Smith-Pelly struggled in Wilson's place. "There wasn't much space out there on both sides". Given how critical Guentzel's scoring has been, Penguins fans will easily forgive and forget his boneheaded penalties.

Wheeler also had an assist and added the empty-netter with under a minute to play. The Penguins blocked 13 shots and rarely let Washington put together any sustained pressure. I don't think he can approach games differently.

Wilson was suspended twice in the 2017-18 preseason by the Department of Player Safety: Missing two exhibition games for interference on Robert Thomas of the St. Louis Blues on September 22, and getting four exhibition games for boarding Sammy Blais of the Blues on October 1. The Penguins and Capitals were tied at 1-1 with 2:29 remaining in the frame. He was not disciplined for a blindside hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Game 2 that forced Dumoulin to go through the NHL's concussion protocol. A diving Malkin stabbed at the puck as it sat on the goal line while Holtby attempted to use his blocker as a last line of defense. The Russian star flung himself at the puck during a scrum in the crease, the puck just flitting over the goal line following a scramble.

The NHL's on-site supervisor, Paul Devorski, told pool reporters that the referees came together to discuss the hit and said, "You know what, we've got a good, clean check here". "I was trying to make a smart play by taking away their [defenseman's] stick, and it ended up being a dumb play by clipping his skate there".

Asking what a goal is in the National Hockey League nowadays feels like as much a philosophical question as to whether a puck crossed the goal line or not, and every game it seems like there's at least one very close call.

Ovechkin stayed with it and his baseball-like swat gave him eight goals in the playoffs and the Capitals their fourth consecutive road win in the postseason. I think we're building a belief that we can beat these guys.

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