Capitals vs. Blackhawks Pick

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Will the Chicago Blackhawks take down a strong opponent on their home ice today when they battle the Washington Capitals at 8:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Capitals are listed as a -120 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blackhawks are a +100 underdog, while the total sits at 5.5 goals. Washington opened as a -130 favorite before the line was bet down some.

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As of Saturday afternoon, 73 percent of public bets have come in on the visiting Capitals. Online wager info also shows 62 percent of bets coming in on the over.

Washington hammered Chicago 6-2 on its home ice back in December and have won the last three meetings in the series. The Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, while the over-under has gone 4-4-2. Washington ended a two-game losing skid where both ended in overtime heartbreakers its last contest with a 5-2 victory at Minnesota. The Capitals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, while the over has hit four straight games and 8-2 over the last 10.

I definitely have to side with the Capitals here. They might be a little tired on this road trip, but they are by far the better team here. As long as Washington goaltender Braden Holtby can hold off what can be a potent Blackhawks offense, I see the visitors scoring enough goals to get the job done. Chicago goalie Anton Forsberg and his .907 save percentage is no match for a Washington team that should pepper him with shots.

 

NHL DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -120

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