Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals 1/1/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/31/2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM ET
Verizon Center in Washington DC
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The Chicago Blackhawks will look to continue their winning streak when they face the Washington Capitals in the Winter Classic on Thursday night. In their first meeting this season, the Capitals were able to defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 in Chicago.
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On Monday night, the Blackhawks won their second game in a row when they beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 in the shootout. They scored on one of their five power play opportunities in that win and ended up with 42 shots on goal.
Through 37 games this season, the Blackhawks have the best goals against average in the league by giving up just 2.1 goals per game. Right wing Patrick Kane has 40 points so far this season by notching 18 goals and 22 assists. Goalie Corey Crawford is now 14-6-2 with one shutout and a .921 save percentage.
The Capitals didn't play very well in their game against the New York Islanders on Monday night, but they were able to pick up a point from the 4-3 overtime loss. They were badly outshot 39-26 in the game and they were goalless on their four power play chances.
So far this season, the Capitals have scored just under three goals per game and have scored on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Left wing Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 17 goals this year and is second in points with 30.
Chicago Blackhawks Betting Trends
Chicago Blackhawks are 25-12-0 Against the Spread
Chicago Blackhawks are 11-20-0 against the Over/Under
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
Washington Capitals are 18-18-0 Against the Spread
Washington Capitals are 17-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/29/14 D Michal Rozsival Lower Body is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Washington
11/16/14 D Trevor Van Riemsdyk Knee out 3-4 months
12/31/14 D Brooks Orpik Knee is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. Chicago
10/24/14 D John Erskine Neck out 3-6 months
10/08/14 D Dmitry Orlov Wrist out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Neck out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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