The Caps dominated the Penguins in their past two matchups, but both were in D.C. What will happen when both teams meet in Pittsburgh Monday?
Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. Washington will not score on the power play
Even with four power play goals in the last four games, it would be fair to characterize the Caps’ power play as mediocre this season. One reason is because John Carlson has not been his usual prolific self. Carlson left Sunday's game with a lower-body injury and while Barry Trotz said he would travel with the team for Monday’s game, I'm not expecting big things from the power play with his health in question.
2. Pittsburgh will score three goals or more
Wait, a team that has won nine straight games and allowed only three goals in the last six is going to allow three to a team on a three-game losing streak? Rivalries do crazy things. Heading into their Nov. 16 matchup, Washington had lost three of its last four including a blowout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. What happened? The Caps won 7-1. Yes, Pittsburgh has lost three in a row and have lost their last two to Washington by a combined score of 12-3. What do all five of those games have in common? None of them were in Pittsburgh.
3. T.J. Oshie will have a multi-point night
The Penguins seem to bring out the best in Oshie who has seven points in three games against Pittsburgh this season. The veteran winger has 10 points in his last eight games and he’s due for another big night in Pittsburgh.
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