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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (33-17-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (24-26-8)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +109 / Washington Capitals -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Saturday night NHL action brings us the Chicago Blackhawks butting heads with the Washington Capitals.

The Washington Capitals haven’t been consistent in my eyes but at the end of the day the team is sitting atop the Metropolitan so things can’t be all bad. After back to back losses in overtime Washington put everything together in a 5-1 win at Minnesota where Nino Niederreitter and Eric Staal scored in the third for the Wild.

Tom Wilson topped the Capitals offense with a pair of goals while Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom also found the back of the net. Ovechkin gave the Capitals three helpers and Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots. Devan Dubnyk too the loss for Minnesota with four goals given up on 26 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks are loaded with talent that the team is penciled in for the playoffs every year. That might not be the case right now with the team mired in an eight game slide. Chicago comes off of a 3-2 loss to Anaheim where Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad scored in the second for a 2-0 lead. 

The Ducks received second period goals from Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase with an Adam Henrique tally at 8:34 of the third proving to be the winner. Kase also posted two assists and John Gibson picked up the win for Anaheim with 42 saves while Anton Forsberg allowed three goals on 32 shots for the Blackhawks.

Over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall and over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 games following a win and over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Blackhawks are 0-7 in their last 7 home games and Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games and Blackhawks are 0-9 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. Over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings and Capitals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.  

The Blackhawks shouldn’t be overlooked because the Capitals are no sure thing. However, something small on Washington…

Washington -120 // will update

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