NHL Free Picks & Best Bets October 13, 2016
The 2016/2017 season started with four games last night, but we have a much bigger card to look forward to Thursday night. That includes a Metropolitan Division matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens enter the season as reigning Stanley Cup champions, but both our pro cappers Rob Vinciletti and Stephen Nover are backing the Caps on the road at PPG Paints Arena with their NHL free picks.
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Capitals vs. Penguins
Capitals ML (-113)
On Thursday the NHL Comp play is on the Washington Capitals at 8:05 eastern on NBC Sports. The Caps, last years #1 overall team had their Cup dreams dashed by Pittsburgh. Now they open up in a big revenge spot here in Pittsburgh to take on a Penguins team that will be without S. Crosby and goalie M.Murray.
The Pens are 2-14 as a regular season home dogs and Washington is 23-7 as a regular season road favorite and was 4-0 on the road in October last year. Washington had a solid preseason as well. Look for them to take the opener.
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Capitals vs. Penguins
Capitals ML (-110)
I’m not in love with laying a road price against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who have won 25 of their last 33 home matchups, but I want the Capitals going for me in this game. And it’s not just because Sidney Crosby is out for the Penguins.
The Capitals had the best record in the NHL last season, finishing 16 points ahead of the Penguins. But the Penguins eliminated them during the Eastern Conference semifinals. Now the Capitals have to watch, in person, the Penguins get to raise the Stanley Cup banner during pregame ceremonies. That’s also a distraction for the Penguins.
The Capitals not only hold an offensive edge with the Penguins down Crosby, but an advantage in goal, too, with Braden Holtby against Marc-Andre Fleury. It was Matt Murray, not Fleury, who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup with tremendous goaltending. Murray, though, suffered a broken hand during the World Cup.
The combination of revenge, more offensive firepower and a superior goalie should push the Capitals past the Penguins here. (Editor’s note: Stephen Nover has never had a losing NHL season and he opened this season in style going 1-0 on Wednesday. Stephen is making his hockey plays available on this site for the first time and he has two more winners today in additional to this free selection.)
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