When: 7:00 PM EST, February 16, 2021.
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Puckline: Capitals -1.5 / +170 | Penguins +1.5 / -210
Moneyline: Capitals -145 | Penguins +120
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 6.5
Road Record: 2-2-1-1
Home Record: 5-0-0-0
Washington Capitals Vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game Day Preview
After Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals loosing streak is now at 4. In the 6-3 WIN the Penguins snapped a 0-21 power play skid. In all, they will look to beat down the Capitals again tonight in tonight’s re-match.
The Washington Capitals need to clamp down defensively. If they want to end their loosing streak, stop allowing the bologna goals!
The Capitals, whose 3.77 goals against per game puts them near the bottom in the NHL, have allowed 22 during their four-game losing streak.
“We are trying to play hard and trying to do the right things, but it seems like we are doing the same mistakes over and over again, and we’ve got these easy goals against us, and it is an area we need to get better on — defensive zone,” Washington center Nicklas Backstrom said.
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said defensive lapses Sunday weren’t plentiful so much as they were costly.
“I don’t think there was a ton,” he said. “I don’t think we were overwhelmed offensively. But the ones we gave up, we can do a better job.
“There are going to be things that we can do better, and (we) will continue to work at it to be better defensively.”
That could be a part of snapping the losing streak.
“I think our game is getting better,” Washington defenseman John Carlson said. “Feels like we are going longer stretches of going the right way and denying (opponents) the right way. It seems like those little parts of our game right now — whether it’s attention to detail or whatever it is — I think those lapses that we constantly talk about, we need to get better at.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ top line of Jake Guentzel, captain Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust have been dominating all season and combined for four goals and eight points on Sunday.
They have accounted for four of the team’s seven game-winning goals and are the team’s top three scorers, each with five goals, Rust with 13 points and Crosby and Guentzel with 12 each.
“They’ve been dominant,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “A threat every time they’re on the ice. They’ve been so hard to play against, the way they possess the puck in the offensive zone and how stiff they are on the puck. … They force our opponent to have to expend so much energy defending them.”
It’s just a good fit, Guentzel said.
“We’re playing complementary hockey,” he said. “We’re getting in on the forecheck, making plays. It’s great fun to play with those two guys.”
Pittsburgh will be looking to go 4-0-0 against Washington this season.
One troubling trend for the Penguins is falling behind. According to the NHL, they are one of just four teams historically that has come back from at least one deficit in each of their first seven wins in a season.
Fortunately for Pittsburgh, it has been resilient enough and gotten enough offense to come back in those games, including bouncing back Sunday after allowing the Capitals the opening goal.
Capitals Vs Penguins Facts
- Capitals are 19-9 in their last 28 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Penguins are 150-69 in their last 219 home games.
- Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
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