Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Preview 10/20/19

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Two teams riding winning streaks, the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice at the United Center. NBC Sports Washington will showcase this East-West matchup, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20.

Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds

Washington enters the contest as the favorite with a moneyline of -130. The line for Chicago now stands at +110 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -105 for the over and -115 on the under.

Washington is 5-4 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season SU winning percentage is a drop-off from the 48-34 record that the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Through nine regular season outings, Five of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under. The Caps are 3-1 SU on the road in 2019-20.

Washington has scored on 25.0 percent of its power play chances so far. That’s a good step forward from last year, when it was ranked ninth in the NHL by scoring on 21.2 percent of its extra-man advantages. Its penalty kill has also gotten stronger year-over-year, as the team’s gone from successfully defending 79.7 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked 19th overall last season) to 83.3 percent this year.

For the team as a whole, Washington has been penalized 4.0 times per game during the 2019-20 season. Last year, that figure was the mark in the league at 3.8 penalties per game. After serving an average of 9.0 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to kill penalties for 9.9 minutes per matchup this season.

Boasting a .862 save percentage and 20.8 saves per game, Braden Holtby (2-4-2) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If Washington chooses to rest him, however, head coach Todd Reirden may turn to Ilya Samsonov (3-1 record, .933 save percentage, 1.84 goals against average).

John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Capitals. Carlson (17 points) is up to three goals and 14 assists this season while Ovechkin has five goals and four assists to his credit through the early stages of the regular season.

Chicago is 2-3 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Three of its games have gone under the total, while two have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 2-2 SU at home this year.

Chicago has scored on 23.1 percent of its extra-man advantages this year after converting on 20.0 percent (ranked 14th in league) last season. It’s killed off an impressive 70.6 percent of its penalties, compared to 73.0 percent a year ago (when it was ranked 31st overall).

Chicago players have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 3.1, the third-lowest mark in the league. After serving an average of 7.3 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 7.2 minutes per outing this season.

Corey Crawford has denied 30.0 shots per game as the primary choice in the crease for Chicago. Crawford has one win and two losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 3.40 goals against average and a poor .900 save percentage this year.

Patrick Kane (two goals, five assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Blackhawks.

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Washington’s last five outings.
  • The Blackhawks are 0-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Capitals are 1-1 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.