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Two of the Metropolitan Division's best teams over the past few years will continue their fierce rivalry Wednesday Mika Zibanejad Jersey , when the Washington Capitals (20-9-3) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-12-6) as solid home favorites at sportsbooks.The Capitals (2018) and Penguins (2016 and 2017) have combined to win the past three Stanley Cups and four division titles in the five-year existence of the Metropolitan since 2013-14. NHL betting line: The Capitals opened as -140 favorites (wager $140 to win $100); the total is at seven goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.2-1.6, Capitals.NHL picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Penguins Can Pay on the NHL LinesPittsburgh has struggled a bit lately, stringing together three consecutive wins or more just once this season. The Penguins have split their past four games following a 4-2 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday Womens Pavel Buchnevich Jersey , when they blew an early 2-0 lead.Goaltender Casey DeSmith was back in net for them against the Ducks after Matt Murray returned from a lower-body injury to post a win versus the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.Pittsburgh edged Los Angeles 4-3 in overtime, with Murray stopping 38 of 41 shots. Smith made 32 saves on 35 shots against Anaheim and will likely be headed back to the bench for this one, as Murray has proved to be better when healthy. Why the Capitals Can Pay on the NHL LinesWashington is riding a five-game winning streak since suffering its most recent loss, 5-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights in the opener of a three-game road trip a little on December 5. The Capitals have won each of their past two games in shootouts and totaled no fewer than four goals at any point during their winning streak.Led again by top scorer Alex Ovechkin, who has tallied nine goals in the past five games, Washington has been almost as good on the road (10-5-1) as the team has been at home (10-4-1). The Capitals had one of the league's best home records last year at 28-11-2.Smart Betting PickThe Penguins seemingly owned this series until last season Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , falling in the second round of the playoffs and dropping seven of the past 11 meetings overall. Pittsburgh had knocked Washington out of the postseason in each of the previous two years en route to hoisting the Stanley Cup twice.The tables have turned, though, and the Capitals are still mostly enjoying their run of excellence after winning the Cup for the first time, so look for them to keep it going with another victory. NHL Betting TrendsPittsburgh is 2-8 in its past 10 games on the road.Pittsburgh is 2-5 in its past seven games when playing Washington.Washington is 5-1 in its past six games at home.All NHL odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report鈥檚 official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left faceoff circle has been unstoppable this season for the Washington Capitals.The Russian forward scored a pair of power-play goals from his favorite spot as the Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.Ovechkin — who had his 10th multi-goal game this season — leads the NHL with 42 goals. He has scored a goal in three straight games and has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past eight games. He is on pace for 57 goals Bobby Ryan Jersey , which would be the second-most in his 14-year career. He scored 65 goals in 2007-08.“We play simple, smart and move the puck well,” Ovechkin said.According to, Ovechkin has scored 24 goals this season from the left faceoff circle. The last three have been identical — a feed from John Carlson for a one-timer.“When we use our speed it makes it difficult on other teams,” said Carlson, who had two assists to go over 300 for his career. “We’re just trying to find our looks. It is going decent for us on the power play right now.”The Capitals are 4 of 13 on the power play during their six-game road trip , where they have split the first four games. They remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 73 points.Coach Todd Rierden was pleased with his team’s performance on special teams, especially after they allowed two power-play goals in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim on Sunday night.“We knew going into the game that we had to play a fast game and regardless of it being back-to-back or not, we wanted to play that way and force them to defend and we were able to capitalize,” he said.Brett Connolly scored Washington’s other goal and Pheonix Copley made 26 saves for his third straight win.It was Washington’s first win at Staples Center since Dec. 14, 2005, and ends an eight-game losing streak.Alex Iafallo and Ilya Kovalchuk had third-period goals for Los Angeles Craig Anderson Jersey , which is last in the Western Conference with 52 points and 0-3-2 in its last five.Dustin Brown had an assist for his 600th point while Jack Campbell stopped 18 shots.“They capitalized on their power play and that was the difference,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “We had stuff going to the net that we could have had our tips but we just didn’t get them.”Washington opened the scoring midway through the first with a pair of goals 20 seconds apart. Ovechkin put the Capitals on the board at 10:48 on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle.Connolly quickly made it 2-0 at 11:08 when he deflected Andre Burakovsky’s wrist shot past Campbell for his 14th of the season. It was the quickest back-to-back goals the Capitals have scored this season, surpassing the 21-second margin that happened Oct. 4 at Pittsburgh.Ovechkin netted his 13th power-play goal at 5:27 of the second period. It was the sixth time the Capitals have had two or more power-play goals but the first since they had two in a Dec. 11 win at Detroit.Iafallo averted a shutout when the drove to the net and buried a cross-crease pass from Brown past Copley for his 13th of the season. Iafallo has scored in two straight games for only the second time this season.Kovalchuk scored his 13th of the season at 19:32 when the Kings brought on an extra skater.NOTES: Washington RW T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after sustaining an upper-body injury during the second period at Anaheim on Sunday. … Carlson is the third defenseman in Capitals history to reach 300 assists. He joins Calle Johansson (361) and Scott Stevens (331). … Los Angeles G Jonathan Quick was available as a backup but did not play. He missed Saturday’s game against Boston due to illness. … The Kings have allowed a power-play goal in four of the past five games.UP NEXTCapitals: Continue their road trip on Thursday night at Toronto.Kings: Travel to Nashville on Thursday night to start a four-game road trip.