Ricky’s Free play on the Washington Capitals -115:
Key Angle: It’s important to remember that Ricky never makes a bet on any game based on just one angle. In order to make the grade, all his premium picks must meet several important criteria. He doesn’t share all his secrets within his analysis, instead he chooses to reveal only the angle that he feels is the most significant. In today’s game there is no doubt that home ice is particularly significant. The Capitals are 91-38 in their last 129 home games, and it seems like a bargain getting the team with the better regular season record at close to a pickem in Game 1 on home ice. The absence of Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin will also hurt the Penguins.
– The Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.
– The Capitals are 16-7 in their last 23 games playing on 2 days rest.
– The Capitals are 75-32 in their last 107 home games versus a team with a losing road record.
Verdict: Take Washington -115