Capitals vs Blackhawks Prediction - NHL Picks 12/10/23

Chicago Blackhawks (8-16-1) vs Washington Capitals (12-8-3)

Game Info: Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +139 / Washington Capitals -172 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at the United Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Capitals vs Blackhawks prediction.

Blackhawks Coming off a Win

The Blackhawks faced off against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and the defense stepped up in a big way giving up only one goal. Petr Mrazek started in goal and he saved 38 of the 39 shots that he faced. The Blackhawks letting the 39 shots on goal is an issue and it’s going to need to be better because they can’t always count on the goalie bailing them out. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.42 goals while their defense is giving up 3.42 goals per game. Connor Bedard has scored 11 goals and added 10 assists. 

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Jason Dickinson has scored a goal in three of the Blackhawks' last four home games.
  • Anthony Beauvillier has recorded at least one point in each of his last six home appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Andreas Athanasiou has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Seth Jones ranks 1st in the Central Division for time on ice (25:25) this season.

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Capitals Sure Impressed on Saturday

The Capitals sure looked good on Saturday against the New York Rangers. The Capitals scored four goals, but even more impressive was the defense not giving up any goals. Charlie Lindgren saved all 31 shots that he faced. The Capitals overall are averaging 2.42 goals while their defense is giving up 2.88 goals per game. The defense is ranked 10th and the defense is going to need to step up again here.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Nic Dowd has scored a goal in four of the Capitals' last five games against the Blackhawks.
  • Max Pacioretty has recorded at least one point in each of his last 10 Sunday appearances.
  • John Carlson has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • John Carlson ranks 1st in the league for time on ice (25:40) this season.

Blackhawks vs Capitals Betting Prediction

This total is too high. The Capitals defense is ranked 10th in the league and they are going to step up against a Blackhawks offense I don’t trust. The Blackhawks defense also is going to step up against the Capitals, much like they did on Saturday. Neither team is going to reach three goals here and that will be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash.  

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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