The Metro Division meets the Central Division as the Washington Capitals Duke it out with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Capitals enter this game of a 2-0 home loss to the Islanders, while the Blackhawks are off a 4-3 road loss to the Rangers.
Where Is The Offense?
The Washington Capitals have a ton of firepower, but lately, that offense has been non-existent. The Capitals enter this game off a 2-0 home loss to the Islanders and they have now scored a total of four goals in their last four games. They have lost all four games. Washington is now in a tie for 2nd place in the Metro Division with Columbus. Both teams trail the Islanders by one point. The Caps would like to get their offense back on track and maybe a game against the Blackhawks, who have been very generous in the crease this year. Leading the team in scoring has been Alex Ovechkin with 33 goals, while Jakub Vrana is 2nd with 15 and T.J. Oshie is 3rd with 14. Where would this team be without Ovechkin?
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 19, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Braden Holtby, who allowed two goals on 25 shot attempts to fall to 17-13 with a 2.82 GAA and a .912 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 7-5 with a 3.07 GAA and a .906 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 8-3 with a 2.61 GAA against the Blackhawks. Washington has gone 14-9 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.35 gpg and have allowed 3.26 gpg in those games. The Capitals check in ranked 12th in power play conversions at 21.3% and 23rd in penalty kill at 78.4%.
Skid Hits Five With Loss To The Rangers
The Chicago Blackhawks continue to have a horrible season, they enter this game at 16-33 on the year and in last place in the Central Division. Their 41 total points are currently the fewest in the league. The Blackhawks enter this game off a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on the road, which was their 5th loss in a row. Oddly enough, four of those losses have been by the same 4-3 score. The Blackhawks have had their chances of late but just can’t get over the hump. Chicago led the game 1-0, but they trailed 2-1 after one and never had the lead back. Scoring in the loss was Brandon Saad, which was his 14th, Alex Debrincat, which was his 24th and Dominik Kahun, which was his 8th.
"We had some chances, we had time in the offensive zone, we scored some goals on the power play." Brandon Saad on tonight's positives and improving 5-on-5 play. pic.twitter.com/ODf5Kuo3n8
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 18, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Collin Delia, who allowed three goals on 32 shot attempts to fall to 3-5 with a 2.76 GAA and a .929 save percentage on the year, including 1-3 with a 3.24 GAA and a .919 save percentage here at home. This will be his first meeting with the Capitals. Chicago has gone 8-15 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.92 gpg and have allowed 3.46 gpg in those games. The Blackhawks check in ranked 17th in power play conversions at 18.9% and 31st in penalty kill at 73.4%.
- 9-24 in their last 33 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 1-8 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest
- 13-3 in their last 16 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 95-46 in their last 141 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Washington Capitals are struggling, but they are still the far better team in this game and they will get back on track. Chicago has lost their last five games in a row and they have allowed 4.25 gpg over their last eight games. That should allow a struggling Washington offense to get back on track. Holtby is 8-3 in his career against the Blackhawks and Washington is 8-2 their last 10 games in this series. Take the Caps to break their slide in this one.
Prediction: Washington -160
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this game to go Over the total. Washington has struggled to score of late, but that will change in this one as the Blackhawks have allowed 4.25 gpg over their last eight games and 3.46 gpg here at home. The Blackhawks have notched three or more goals in six straight games and Braden Holtby has a 3.07 GAA on the road. The Over is 34-11-6 in Washington’s last 51 vs. the Central and 5-1-1 in Chicago’s last seven vs. the Eastern Conference.
Prediction: Over 6.5