The Washington Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, 9th November, at the Capital One Arena, Washington.
In the past, the two teams have collided 69 times, out of which the Washington Capitals have won 29 times while the visitors have bagged 40 wins. The last time the two teams played was on 10th April 2022, with the Capitals winning the game with a score of 6:3.
Here is a quick round-up of the performance of the two teams in the season to get an idea of what to expect from the upcoming match.
Pittsburgh Penguins Statistics
Pittsburgh Penguins have a record of 4-6-2 in the season. In their last match against the Seattle Krakens, the team was a clear favourite but lost by 2:3. Only Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby scored for the team.
The team’s offence puts them in eighth place in terms of goals per game. However, recently we have seen them struggling in scoring, as the team has scored three or fewer goals per game in the previous seven games. The lead scorer for the team is Sidney Crosby, with 14 points, while Evgeni Malkin has 12 points. T.J. Oshie will be unavailable due to his injury.
The overall performance has been dismal for the defence side, minus the goaltending. The team is in 26th place in terms of goals conceded. Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith have a saving percentage of 0.903 and 0.904 respectively.
Washington Capitals Statistics
Unlike the Penguins, while the Capitals were underdogs in their previous game, they broke their losing streak and won against the Edmonton Oilers by 5:4. The team has a record of 4-4-2 in the season.
The Capitals’ offence has been struggling in the season, having scored an average of three goals in the previous seven games. The team is currently placed at 21st in terms of goals scored. The lead scorer for the team is Alex Ovechkin, with 13 points.
The defence for the team has done better, as the team is 13th in the league in terms of goals conceded. Darcy Kuemper has recorded a GAA of 2.42 with a save percentage of 0.919, while Charlie Lindgren has a save percentage of 0.907 and a GAA of 3.28.
Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction
Looking at the records, it is safe to say that the performance of the two teams has been less than desirable. Pittsburgh has lost seven matches in a row, while Washington Capital has lost four out of the last five games.
However, the Capitals are in a weaker position with T.J Oshie out of the game with a lower-body injury and John Carlson also doubtful for the game, having missed five of the previous team matches. If we consider the last six games played between the teams, the Penguins have won 4 matches and seem to be in a better position than the Capitals to win the match.