Capitals Looking to Snap Skid
The 2022-23 NHL season might be quickly coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time to make NHL picks for some games. The Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, and that’s a great betting opportunity.
Chicago is a team hoping to land the top overall draft pick in 2023, with just 54 points on the table, coming to this match on the back of two straight losses.
Washington is not doing any better, having lost three in a row and heading in the wrong direction. The Capitals will likely miss the postseason as well, with just 74 points to their name.
NHL lines greatly favor the Capitals on Thursday.
Blackhawks Playing for the Future
The Blackhawks have been in the NHL news a ton this season, and most of the time has been for trading away top talent. Chicago has been using many young players recently, actually getting some decent results.
Chicago, already eliminated from the playoffs, is scoring just 2.47 goals per game this season, and it’s hard to win when there is that little offense. The Blackhawks traded away all of their top goal-scorers, so they will be inconsistent on that end of the ice.
Special teams play has also been a big concern for Chicago, as this team struggles on both the power play and penalty kill.
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Capitals Can’t Get Stops
After blowing a huge lead in their most recent game, Nick Jensen said, “There obviously is something going wrong, so we got to find those and make defense a priority.” Washington is desperately trying to get into the playoff field, but giving up seven goals in a game is not going to work.
The Capitals have struggled to get stops all season long, allowing 3.10 goals per game. Washington has killed off 83% of their penalties, but they aren’t winning battles in regular action.
Alex Ovechkin continues to put up huge numbers for the Capitals as he leads the team with 40 goals and 69 points. The Capitals will try to win this game with offense, which could work against the Blackhawks.
Blackhawks vs Capitals Game Injuries
Blackhawks vs Capitals Head-to-Head
Looking at recent results can help when trying to make a bet online, and these two teams have met up once this season. That game resulted in a 7-3 win for the Washington Capitals, which could spell trouble for Chicago on Thursday.
Blackhawks vs Capitals Game Information
- Game: Blackhawks (24-40-6) vs Capitals (33-31-8)
- Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 23, 7:00 PM EST
- Blackhawks vs Capitals Live stream: NHL.TV
Blackhawks vs Capitals Betting Lines
Blackhawks vs Capitals Picks & Prediction
You definitely don’t want to overthink things when making NHL betting predictions, and this is one of those games that can fool you. Chicago has been winning some games of late, but they are still a team with a serious lack of talent.
Washington has been a major disappointment this season, but the Capitals still play for a sense of pride. The Capitals should have little trouble scoring goals, and the Blackhawks won’t be able to keep pace.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Washington Capitals to cover.
The Chicago Blackhawks are listed at +200 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Blackhawks , you have a chance to win $200. The Washington Capitals are -240, offering a chance to win $42 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Blackhawks a 33.33% chance to win, with Capitals at 70.59%