Capitals vs. Blackhawks Prediction
The reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals have now lost four in a row as they prepare for an afternoon showdown at the Chicago Blackhawks. Will Washington snap its skid as the favorites in the matchup?
Sunday, January 20, 2019
United Center at 12:35PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Capitals are a -160 favorite on the moneyline. The Blackhawks are a +140 underdog, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. As of Sunday morning, 70 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Washington. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Capitals shut out by Islanders
Washington lost for a fourth straight time Friday night at home versus New York by a count of 2-0. The Capitals (27-15-5) allowed both goals in the third period after the game went scoreless for over 45 minutes. Washington only recorded 19 shots on goal with Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin and Jakub Vrana all notching three shots apiece. Braden Holtby saved 23 of 25 shots in the losing effort.
Blackhawks drop fifth straight
Chicago fell to 16-24-9 on the season Thursday night with a 4-3 loss at the Rangers. Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead on the power play in the first period on assists by Artem Anisimov and Brent Seabrook. New York scored the next three goals before Alex DeBrincat brought Chicago with a 3-2 score 1:40 into the third period off assists by Erik Gustafsson and Patrick Kane. After the Rangers added an insurance goal, the Blackhawks found the back of the net again with two seconds remaining as Dominik Cahun scored on assists from David Kampf and Drake Caggiula. Collin Delia made 29 saves on 32 shots to take the loss.
NHL Betting Trends
The Capitals are 0-5 in their last five versus the Western Conference. Washington is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Blackhawks are 2-8 in their last 10 Sunday games. Chicago is 0-4 in its last four home games.
The difference here is that while the Capitals are in a slump, they are a strong team that will bounce back sooner rather than later. Chicago, on the other hand, is a poor team that is looking to fast forward to next season. Go with the better team here as they are such heavy road favorites for a reason.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -160