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NHL Betting Odds - Capitals vs. Blackhawks NBC Sunday

NHL Predictions

The Chicago Blackhawks were the most popular NHL bet at top rated sportsbooks not all that long ago. Having won three Stanley Cup championships from 2010 through 2015 and in the hunt every year the Blackhawks became the closest thing to “America’s Team” when it comes to pro hockey. But the most glorious era in franchise history is clearly over as Chicago resides in the basement of the Western Conference. The Washington Capitals have regressed back to their old ways of being sloppy on the back end after playing tight defense under former coach Barry Trotz. New head man Todd Reirden does not command the same commitment to a 200-foot game that Trotz did.

Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Date and Time: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Capitals vs. Blackhawks TV Coverage: NBC

Washington Capitals Record and Metrics

Recently the Capitals have suffered from a drop off in value at offshore sportsbooks that has cost them the lead in the Metropolitan Division. Washington has lost six of their last nine games with just two of their last seven games going over the total. As a result, the Caps are now 27-14-4-1 with just 20 of their 46 games going under the total. Washington has NHL rankings of eighth for goal scoring, 11th for the power play, 19th for goals against, and 23rd for penalty killing. It is those defensive numbers that have gamblers doubting that a repeat Stanley Cup is possible.

Chicago Blackhawks Record and Metrics

It has been an ugly stretch in an already horrible season for the Blackhawks this year. Chicago has paid in just one of their last seven games at online sportsbooks with just two of their last 10 matchups staying under the total. The Blackhawks have a record of 16-23-8-1 with only 17 games staying under the total. The Blackhawks have NHL rankings of 16th for goal scoring, 20th for the power play, 30th for goals against, and 31st for the penalty kill.

ATS Numbers

Washington has been a very good value on the road with 11 payouts in their last 15 games away from home. Just two of the Capitals last seven away games have gone over the total.

Chicago on the other hand has drowned gamblers in red ink at home. In fact, the Blackhawks have gotten the money in just three of their last 13 tilts at United Center with just one of their last six home games going under the total.

Head to Head Series

Washington has won eight of the last 10 meetings in their head to head series with the Blackhawks. In the last six games between these teams they all failed to stay under the total.

Capitals to Watch

Naturally any discussion of the Washington Capitals begins with Alex Ovechkin. The Great Eight ranks with the all-time great NHL goal scorers. In fact, he is of Mount Rushmore status in that category. Ovechkin is now basking in the glow of the elusive Stanley Cup championship that was a cloud over his career. So far this season Ovechkin has lit the lamp for 33 goals.

Blackhawks to Watch

The Blackhawks continue to be led by the same Dynamic Duo of their glory years in right wing Patrick Kane and center Jonathan Toews. Kane leads the Hawks with 27 goals, 37 assists but with an ugly minus seven. Toews has 18 goals, 24 assists and at zero on the plus minus.

Between the Pipes

Chicago called up Collin Delia to fill in for injured Corey Crawford. Delia has shown well with a .932 save percentage.

Washington’s top goalie Braden Holtby has a save percentage of .912.

Hockey Betting Picks

Capitals vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds Free Picks

Washington is clearly the team with the best odds in this matchup. What is worrisome for Blackhawks fans is that the worst may yet be to come. Washington is certainly capable of more than they have shown lately and has the better goaltending. They will also have the best player on the ice in Alex Ovechkin.

Capitals vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick: Bet the Washington Capitals

Capitals vs. Blackhawks Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Blackhawks 2