Hockey odds handicappers continue to be frustrated with the lethargic play of the Washington Capitals and their poor value with the hockey gambling odds.
The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon with a starting time of 12:30 PM ET and a national telecast on NBC. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on the side and total for this highly important inter-conference matchup that could be a potential preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Chicago was picking up steam as they rocketed all the way up to 4th place in the Western Conference playoff race with a hockey betting record of 36-23-2-4. The Blackhawks were a god road team with a mark of 15-9-2-4 and went over the total in 16 out of 30 away games.
Chicago ranked 3rd in the NHL for goals scoring and were one of the most explosive teams in the league. The Blackhawks were led by center Jonathan Toews who had 26 goals and 38 assists.
Fellow center Patrick Sharp had 33 goals and 28 assists. Right winger Patrick Kane was yet another key asset with 21 goals and 35 assists. Corey Crawford had a 2.17 goals against average with 25 wins and 3 shutouts.
Washington had an online hockey betting record of 35-20-5-5 and was 19-8-2-5 at home. The Capitals went over the total in just 11 of their 34 home games. Washington has suffered a stunning drop on offense as they ranked a poor 22nd in the NHL for goal scoring while the defense remained solid to rank 7th for goals against.
Washington was in good form as of late with 5 payouts in 6 games from February 20 through March 3 with 5 of those games also going under the total. Left winger Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with 25 goals and 42 assists while goaltender Michal Neuvirth had a 2.48 goals against average.
Washington has beaten the hockey odds in just 4 of their last 10 home games against Chicago. The Blackhawks have won 2 of their last 3 visits to the nation’s capital with the last 3 meetings between the teams in Washington going over the total.