Capitals vs. Penguins: Game 6 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Capitals vs. Penguins: Game 6 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

"I can't have my penalty killers taking penalties", Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said on Sunday after his team had pulled itself together for four goals in the third period the night before.

"You're always concerned any time that you've got anybody that's nicked up at this time of year", Trotz said.

Pittsburgh now has the first-best power-play unit in the National Hockey League, as the team has found the net on 25.7 percent of its extra-man advantages this year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kyle Connor scored two goals and had an assist as Winnipeg pushed Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal. Washington is searching for its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 20 years. Murray saved it, and momentum seemed to favor the Penguins when Conor Sheary screened Holtby as defenseman Jamie Oleksiak's point shot scored 2:23 into the game.

Instead, Ovechkin was off to the races with Vrana, taking advantage of the Penguins' having a forward back on defense after Dumoulin's play near the Capitals goal. He won Game 3 in Pittsburgh with a goal with 1:07 left in regulation.

The Capitals come into this game ranked 3rd in scoring during the postseason at 3.73 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots taken (33.1 spg) and 2nd in power play conversions, converting on 31.7% of their chances. In Game 4, Ovechkin was even held without a shot. He's not a passenger in this run to the conference finals, but a driver.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but that concept is also alive and well in nearby Pittsburgh Monday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up to support their friends the Penguins in an elimination Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. For us, like I said, the focus has to be on a full 60 minutes. "But I never focus on the history".

The Capitals are well aware of their penchant for letting opportunity after opportunity slip away, frequently at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. They managed to eliminate Pittsburgh on the road in overtime, after giving up the lead. The city of Washington, D.C., has failed to put one of its major sports teams into the final four at the national level since that 1998 Stanley Cup Final - one that most millennials don't remember. They certainly haven't played so poorly as to deserve a.100 winning percentage.

I don't think the Lightning cares. If we're able to do that, then when it's all said and done you're reflecting on the season and you'll think about what you were able to accomplish and the magnitude of the situation.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was once Jakub Vrana, an offensively gifted rookie trying to navigate his way through the treacherous waters of his first Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ovechkin agreed that lowered expectations helped. "I feel like the onus is on us as a team to make sure there we're complete with our game, and again, because of the opponent, it has to be that way". The Pens have owned the caps the last two years in the postseason and will not allow them to move on by taking a loss on their home ice. There was outright screaming.

So we'll see what happens tonight in Pittsburgh.