The Washington Capitals broke a three-game postseason losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with their win on Monday in Game 3. The Capitals will attempt to even up their second-round series at two games apiece with another road win in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
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Washington is a -125 betting favorite in Pittsburgh at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Penguins are going off at +105 to take a 3-1 series lead.
Lars Eller, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson are all expected to play for Washington. Only Karl Alzner (upper body) is sitting out Game 1.
On the Penguins side, Kris Letang (neck) is out for the year, while Matt Murray (lower body) is doubtful. Carl Hagelin and Chris Kunitz are questionable but considerable possibilities.
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Vanderdoes overall body of work isn’t the reason he makes this list; he played a full four years at UCLA and appeared in 38 games. Instead, his inclusion comes because he may have peaked early in his college career, failing to match the recruiting hype that surrounded him as a former five-star prospect.
Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and East Carolina’s Zay Jones are in the same boat. Hansen played last season in Sonny Dykes’ air raid offense at Cal, in a scheme that emphasized quick distribution to wide receivers. A receiver’s numbers balloon in a system like that. But the point, for Hansen, is that he can play anywhere an NFL team asks him to play, and in whichever type of offense.
I think there’s always a knock on receivers that only play in like an air raid, spread offense, Hansen says. I think there is some truth to that. We don’t have the ability to run the full route tree like the NFL does, and that, I think, hurts you as a receiver in the offense.