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NHL Playoffs: Pens-Caps in Another Heated Battle

NHL Playoffs Semi-Finals

Pens and Caps Look to Take Control in NHL Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins have went thru the NHL Playoffs and won five Stanley Cups. Each time, they eliminated the Washington Capitals along the way. They’re at it again in the Second Round of the 2018 NHL playoffs.

Oddsmakers have as a -176-moneyline favorites. The total is sitting at 6 Under -114.

Pittsburgh split the first two games in DC. They’ll host Game 4 this Thursday at 7 PM ET on NBCSN. The Penguins are –135 favorites to win the series. They are the sixth-favorites at +600 to win their third straight Cup.

The Capitals are +115 to win the series, and seventh out of the eight remaining teams at +750.

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The Caps blew a two-goal lead in the third period of the series opener that stung. Washington came back to take Game 2 on Sunday, winning 4-1 as –145 home favorites. Braden Holtby made 32 saves for the Caps. It was one of his better performances since re-gaining the starting job from Philipp Grubauer two weeks ago.

The Penguins didn’t have leading scorer Evgeni Malkin (42 goals, 56 assists) in either of the first two games. It was due to an undisclosed leg injury. Malkin is considered possible for Game 3 after taking in a full practice on Monday.

Carl Hagelin (face) and Brian Dumoulin (concussion) are listed as day-to-day. All three will be game-time decisions.

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