The Washington Capitals (13-9-3) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (9-16-1) on Sunday, December 10th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Washington Capitals vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win
In their 24 games, the Capitals have a 13-9-3 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 8-4-2 record, and their record on the road is 5-4-1. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 9th in the Eastern conference. Washington heads into the game with six wins by more than one goal, and lost seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 10-14.
The Capitals played host to the Rangers in their previous game and emerged with a 4-0 win. Offensively, the Capitals scored one goal in the first period and three times in the second period. In the game, Washington managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 29 shots on goal and committed 11 turnovers.
Going into the game, Washington was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 4 goals.
The Chicago Blackhawks Are Coming Off A Win
Through 26 games, the Blackhawks have achieved an overall record of 9-16-1. When on the road, Chicago holds a 4-10-0 record, while they are 5-6-1 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference. Chicago’s average scoring margin for the season is -1.0, resulting in an overall puck line record of 13-13. When playing at home their scoring margin is -0.4, whereas in away games, they are at -1.6.
The Blackhawks recently hosted the Blues and emerged victorious with a 3-1 win. Looking at the Blackhawks offense vs. the Blues, they managed to score two goals in the opening period and one time in the second period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 24 shots on goal and had 11 turnovers.
Going into the game, Chicago was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 4 goals.
Washington Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Capitals are scoring an 2.4 goals per game this season, ranking 32nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 32nd in the league. This year, the Capitals have recorded a 4-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 9-5 record.
The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 8-16-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.4 per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blackhawks offense is 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.
This season, the Blackhawks have an over/under record of 10-15-1. Throughout last season, they played 34 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games featured 6.2 goals per game.
Washington Team Defense
Defensively, the Capitals are currently 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31 shots per game against Washington. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
Chicago defense takes on the Capitals ranked 7th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 33 shots per game against Chicago. They alsso are 17th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Capitals vs Blackhawks Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Capitals offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Washington posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 4-6 ATS.
- In their last five games at home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-5 while going 0-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 1 goals per game in this stretch.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Capitals have an puck line mark of just 2-8 in their last ten games. Washington posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Capitals to take down the Blackhawks on the road. With the moneyline currently at -155, I’m placing my bet on the Capitals straight-up.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Blackhawks to cover. Even if the Capitals win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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