Pittsburgh vs Washington
I must go against Washington this time. Last time they delivered it to it's bettors with amazing 3:4 road win for 2-1 lead in the series. They delivered it also to my over the totals bet back then.
It was amazing result for Washington cause you won't see too often the Penguins loses playoffs games at home ice. It was amazing cause Pittsburgh in Game 3 was stronger (Malkin was back) than in first two games played in Washington. But Malkin was not too much helpful, the Caps took it in any case. Or to be more correct, Ovechkin finished the job. Alexander The Great once again confirmed he is the best. Year after year this guy continues to do his thing. Even at this age, he is the best. If someone try to convince you opposite by mentioning some young blood, just ask them where are those young stars now. I mean it's April/May, so if you are the best I would expect to see you fighting for Stanley Cup. But I guess some young guys are soo good that they can't even be in the playoffs.
But no matter of the Ovechkin factor, this time I must give advantage to Penguins. Do not forget they are two times straight defending champions. If you are looking for the deepest team in NHL, don't look any further, it's Pittsburgh.
So in this situation when they are in some kind of a must win (not literally but 1-3 would be too much) and playing at home, the Penguins are a must take bet.
I mentioned Malkin was not too good in his return but now with one game in his legs, it is expected much better game from him.
BTW, Capitals' Tom Wilson is suspended for three games. I like his style but this time he has gone too far and destroyed Zach Aston Reese face.
So I am going with bet on Pittsburgh. The odds are low so we need bigger risk with this regular time win. I know Ovechkin would be fired up again. But the Penguins would be too.
And don't forget how low success Capitals have had against Penguins in the playoffs in the Ovechkin era. Nine of the ten times they have been stopped by the Penguins. We are yet to see what would happen this season but looking only this game 4, I have no doubts, Pittsburgh Penguins. I hope they deliver in regular time.
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Pittsburgh vs Washington prediction
|Pittsburgh -0.5 regular||Pinnacle||1.97||10||3-1 WON (+9.7 units)|