The Pittsburgh Penguins have 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. Pittsburgh split the first two games in DC, and they’ll host Game 4 this Thursday at 7 PM ET on NBCSN. Game odds are pending at press time, but the Penguins are –135 favourites to win the series, and sixth-favorites at +600 to win their third straight Cup, while the Capitals are +115 to win the series, and seventh out of the eight remaining teams at +750.
After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period of the series opener, Washington came back to take Game 2 on Sunday, winning 4-1 as –145 home favourites. Braden Holtby made 32 saves for the Caps in 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, 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.