Place: Capital One Arena. Washington. USA
Date: on the 20th of December, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 02:00 (GMT+1)
The defending champion of NHL is doing great. The same can be said also about his captain Alexander Ovechkin who was recognized as the best player of the League last week.
Ovechkin scored seven pucks in three last matches, having taken the 1st place in the list of goal-scorers. At the moment Sasha has 29 pucks and he is ahead of his rivals – Jeff Skinner (24) and Patrik Laine (23).
Washington takes the fourth place in the East but is behind Tampa Bay (138 washers). On average the team of Todd Reirden scores 3.8 goals for one match.
Full backs Brooks Richard Orpik and Christian Djoos won’t be able to participate in the match.
The head coach Mike Sullivan is undergoing his worst period in Pittsburgh Penguins. A month ago a lot was said about the possibility that two-time Stanley Cup winner will leave his post, his players were on the penultimate place of the Conference without special gleams in the game plan.
Recently the situation has improved; at least Pittsburgh won five victories in eight matches and closely approached the top-8 in the standings. The truth is that in the home match with Anaheim (2:4) even the good start in the form of two scored goals didn’t help Penguins to score the points.
Pittsburgh has two full backs (Schultz and Letang) and also forwards Simone and Hörnqvist are injured.
This season the teams have already spent two matches.
At the very beginning of the season the defending champion of Stanley Cup came to Pennsylvania and “has burned down” (6:7, OT).
The team of Todd Reirden has managed to win back on the 8th of November at home (2:1).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals to win – odds 2.12;
Draw – 4.14;
Pittsburgh Penguins to win – odds 3.03.
We are waiting from the guests the great desire to gain positive result.
We believe that Sullivan’s players will manage to do this as they have regained quite good form.
Washington Capitals may experience some problems and Pittsburgh Penguins will surely punish it.