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Capitals vs. Blackhawks - 1/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (25-10-2) at Washington Capitals (18-11-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Nationals Park)

The Line: Washington Capitals +122 / Chicago Blackhawks -135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, NBC

The Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals play Thursday in the Winters Classic.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won five of their last seven games and are climbing in the Central division. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have three power play goals in their last two games and are 22-0 this season when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 18 goals, Jonathan Toews has 18 assists and Marian Hossa has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Antti Raanta has allowed 15 goals on 268 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 45 goals on 573 shots.

Capitals vs. Blackhawks - 1/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals have won four of their last six games and continue to climb in the standings. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have two power play goals in their last six games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 17 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 26 assists and Marcus Johansson has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 68 goals on 845 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

The Blackhawks are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central and 24-11-3 in their last 38 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. The Blackhawks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.

In a weird setting, pretty much anything is possible. I have to go with the team that's paying the plus money based on the circumstances. In this case, that's the Washington Capitals. 

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Washington Capitals +122

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