Washington vs. Pittsburgh,
05/03/2018 19:00 EDT,
Score: 1 - 3
Point Spread: +1½/-185 Washington
This is a 5* play on the Washington Capitals.
I picked Washington to win this series, and here is what I said prior to Game 1: "The Capitals finished at the top of the Metropolitan Division this season, five points ahead of the Penguins. This earns them home ice in this second round best of seven series that starts tonight. History tells us that the Penguins have dominated this rivalry in the post-season, but I think things could play out differently here in 2018. The Caps have already faced adversity in their first round series versus Columbus, and after losing the first two games on home ice, they won four straight. Braden Holtby came in to replace Philip Grubauer, and he's 4-0 as a starter in the post-season. The Penguins won't have Evgeni Malkin for Game 1, and he scored a team high 42 goals during the regular season. Ovechkin scored five goals in six games in the first round, including a pair of goals in the series clinching win in Columbus in Game 6. I'll take Washington in Game 1, and if I had to pick a team to win the series I'd go with the Caps as the underdog with home ice advantage." I like the Caps as an underdog here in Game 4.