- The Pittsburgh Penguins are -140 favorites in the Capitals vs Penguins odds on Saturday (Mar. 25) at 8:00 pm ET
- Pittsburgh is 35-27-10 this season and Washington is 34-31-8
- Read below for the complete Capitals vs Penguins odds, plus best bets – and a same-game parlay
Pittsburgh entertains the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in the latest edition of Crosby vs Ovechkin.
Can the Pittsburgh Penguins fend off the Washington Capitals and get the all-important two points?
Let’s look at the Capitals vs Penguins odds and offer you our top NHL pick for Saturday night’s contest on ABC.
Capitals vs Penguins Odds
|O 6.5 (-110)
|U 6.5 (-110)
Pittsburgh hits the moneyline at -140 while Washington has rounded to +115 . Game totals stay steady at 6.5.
Stanley Cup odds are heating up. Pittsburgh lengthened to +4000 depending on the site. Now, Washington is a long shot and at plus numbers to even make the playoffs.
Odds as of March 24th at BetMGM. Claim the BetMGM promo code for NHL betting.
Two old, bitter rivals clash on Saturday from Pittsburgh.
Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00pm ET at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The game is televised on ABC.
Pittsburgh So Tough To Figure Out
Pittsburgh plays like a constant yo-yo. Just when the Penguins look down and out, they come up with a gem on the road in Colorado of all places on Wednesday night. That keeps Pittsburgh on the good side of the bubble. Even with the loss to Dallas the following night, Pittsburgh looked better on this mini-road trip.
Sidney Crosby remains as relevant as ever for the Pittsburgh Penguins as he closes in on 1,500 points.
"Even at 35, I still think you want to prove that you belong because it is a younger League," Crosby said Wednesday.
— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) March 24, 2023
With every game being so important, Pittsburgh must trust their offensive process. The Penguins generated 40+ shots in three straight contests, but only came away with one win in Colorado. Washington figures to have as many defensive issues as Pittsburgh, if not more. .
Will the night of rest help Pittsburgh against Washington on Saturday night? That is a great question. Pittsburgh helped itself by converting a few more scoring chances than usual on Wednesday night. However, the same old problems resurfaced on Thursday night.
Tristan Jarry expects to start on Saturday night. The Vezina Trophy futures slip away from the goaltender as his numbers slip slide away. Pittsburgh needs the goaltender to make that extra, crucial save in games. This is especially true on Saturday night.
Washington Needed John Carlson Back In the Worst Way
Behind a power-play goal and assist, John Carlson cemented his return in the only way he could on Thursday night. He produced offensively. This allowed Washington to enjoy a burst of laughter against the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, this 6-1 Washington victory helped keep the Capitals without shouting distance of the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals need to put together some kind of run as the final ten games are upon us. With nine games left, the maximum points Washington can get is 94. Most years, 95 or greater have been kind of a playoff cutoff. However, this year is a little different.
CAPS TODAY: John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Dylan Strome each recorded two points in the Caps' 6-1 win over Chicago on Thursday. The Caps are 22-0-1 all-time in games where Ovechkin, Backstrom and Carlson tally two or more points. https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/VJ7AMKIWVT
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 24, 2023
Fortunately, with Carlson back, the triumvirate is healthy for the first time this season. If not for the unfortunate skull fracture, Carlson might have been able to contend in the Norris Trophy race. Did we mention that Darcy Kuemper is healthy again for Washington?
Suddenly, a regulation win pulls the Capitals to within two points of Pittsburgh. It is a long shot but never say never in the race for a playoff spot.
Capitals vs Penguins Recent Results
|WSH 3 – PIT 2 (SO)
|WSH 1 – PIT 4
|PIT 3 – WSH 6
|PIT 3 – WSH 4 (OT)
|WSH 2 – PIT 4
The teams battled in January with the Capitals snagging the extra point in the shootout. Washington won the game 3-2.
Capitals vs Penguins Prediction
The Penguins keep shooting at goaltenders. Can Darcy Kuemper withstand the heat on national TV? Hey, Kuemper won a Stanley Cup last year in Colorado. It expects to be quite the intriguing battle in Pittsburgh.
Penguins vs Capitals Same-Game Parlay Picks
|Under 6.5 Goals
The game expects to show a good deal of pace from both teams at times. However, the likelihood of the teams ramping up the playoff-like intensity is elevated too.
Pittsburgh needs to stay out of the penalty box with how lethal Washington is on the power play. With the adrenaline wearing off for John Carlson, we may find out a bit more about the Capitals’ top defenseman on Saturday. Pittsburgh must stop squandering scoring chances.
Pick: Under 6.5 Goals (-110)