Blackhawks vs. Capitals - 2/28/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (45-11-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (38-20-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -117 / Washington Capitals +106 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday afternoon at the United Center.
The Washington Capitals look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 45 assists and Justin Williams has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 106 goals on 1,386 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 26 goals on 351 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 35 goals, Artemi Panarin has 35 assists and Jonathan Toews has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 110 goals on 1,521 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 35 goals on 421 shots. Crawford has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games and 21-8 in their last 29 road games. The Blackhawks are 37-16 in their last 53 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Blackhawks could use a win to get out of their little slump they've been in for the past week. The home team has also won six of the last seven games between these two teams. I'll take Chicago and the cheap line.