Losing Game 3 was bad for the Penguins, but they suffered a much bigger loss with an injury to Sidney Crosby. Crosby received a concussion from a violent hit by Matt Niskanen in the first period, which arguably set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Pittsburgh still has plenty of offensive firepower without its franchise center, but there is no replacement for a player of his caliber. The Penguins are just 4-19 in their last 23 games as a home underdog.
Wednesday night’s total is set at five goals at sports betting sites. The OVER is 7-4-1 in the last 12 playoff games between Washington and Pittsburgh.
The injury to Crosby drastically changes the complexion of this series. The Capitals were on the ropes after losing the first two games at home, and suddenly they are a road favorite over the Penguins with Crosby sidelined. The Penguins will have to make due without him for at least this game, leaning heavily on their offensive depth to try to hold on to their series lead.
Which goaltender holds down the fort. Goals are Wholesale Cheap Jerseys going to be scored in this series, no question, but how Holtby and Fleury start this series will be big. Any shakiness from either goaltender will likely be exploited by a hungry offense.