Blackhawks vs Capitals Prediction NHL Picks 3/9/24

Washington Capitals (29-23-9) vs Chicago Blackhawks (16-42-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -286 / Chicago Blackhawks +220 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at Capital One Arena. Washington looks to build on their last game while the Blackhawks are coming off a solid win.

How Does Washington Build on Last Game?

The Capitals faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and they won with ease. The Capitals scored four goals in the 2nd period, and they never looked back on the way to the 6-0 victory. Dylan Storme had a strong game putting up three assists. The Capitals are averaging 2.67 goals while their defense is giving up 3.09 goals per game. Dylan Storme has scored 22 goals and added 28 assists so far this season. If the Capitals want to win this game, they are going to need the offense to be better or this is going to be a long game.

Blackhawks Coming off Solid Win

The Blackhawks faced off against the Arizona Coyotes in the last game and they were able to secure the 5-2 victory. Seth Jones had a strong game, scoring two goals. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.05 goals while their defense is giving up  3.56 goals per game. The offense is ranked 32nd in the league while the defense is ranked 28th. Connor Bedard is having a strong season scoring 17 goals and added 26 assists so far this season. The Blackhawks will take on the Coyotes, Ducks, and Kings after this one.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Sonny Milano has scored a goal in each of his last four appearances.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded an assist in each of the Capitals' last six games as favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one point in each of the Capitals' last nine home games against Central Division opponents.
  • John Carlson ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for average time on ice (25:48) this season.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Hall has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with his team as an underdog against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • 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 average time on ice (25:47) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Capitals rank 29th in the league for goals per game this season (2.67).
  • The Washington Capitals rank 30th in the league for shots per game this season (27.2).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.05).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 29th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.56).

Capitals vs Blackhawks Betting prediction 

These are both offenses that were good in the last game, but overall they have struggled to score, and that is going to be the case again in this game. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.05 goals, while their defense is giving up 2.67 goals per game. The Blackhawks and Capitals will both struggle to score here, and this game is going to stay under the total. This is a very strong play.

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

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